Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. joeri888

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    Yeah, I am not going to read 35 pages, sorry guys. And thanks again Filip
     
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    Here a fan from Spain.

    Best wishes
     
  5. fpeliwo

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    My dad always had a full time job. I almost never managed to get 4 hours of tennis a day when I was with my dad, as he was working. It was usually closer to 3 hours. I also wouldn't hit solely with him, I would try to get some training with other coaches/players so I could play points.

    I honestly don't really think about it, it just comes naturally. Obviously I had to work at it to make it feel natural, but I would have trouble explaining that aspect of my shots. I think that the most important thing is to keep it somewhat solid until just before you hit the ball, and then flick it into and through the ball, but trying to make sure you have a clean solid contact all the way through the ball/follow through.

    I think guys like Fabio probably have sponsors and make money from them. He does make some pretty decent money, as he is usually close to the top 50.
     
  6. fpeliwo

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    I don't have too much of a diet plan for specific foods I should eat at the moment. What I have is just a plan on what nutrients I should load up on (carbs/protein). Basically what it is, is to load up on as many calories in one day as I can, without eating junk food of course. The minimum is to get 4000 calories a day. We try to make sure to eat at specific times during the day (fueling for an upcoming training session, immediately following a training session, etc.)

    I think that nutrition is becoming a bigger factor in the sport constantly. It is something that can give you a slight edge, and enhance how you recover and benefit from training/matches. If you eat right, it can make the difference between feeling tired in the 5th set, or playing at a high level. The pros have definitely been making sure to stay disciplined in that aspect, and that is what we are trying to do here at Tennis Canada.
     
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    Thanks for all of the great info and insight Filip.

    You mentioned some of the tournaments you've played aren't in great locations. Do you meant the actual city/town or the tournament site itself? Have you ever played a tournament where conditions (courts, food, organization) were dreadful? Do you have any tournament horror stories?
     
  8. tennishotdog

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    Some questions about your training at the NTC if you dont mind,

    Was there a technical coach at the center to help you on specific techniques for different strokes?

    Did you train with the girls there as well or was it just with other boys only?

    Have you hit with Rebecca Marino and Alex Wozniak and have you played them in single's matches? If so what was the result? Many are curious about this because there have been debates on this forum about whether a top junior could beat a top WTA player.

    Last question, do you know a girl name Khristina Blajkevitch who is also from Vancouver and used to train at the NTC? Is she a pretty good tennis player as well like Eugenie? :wink: :wink:
     
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  9. fpeliwo

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    I've been to both, where the town itself was pretty bad, and some where the site was horrible. I don't want to get too far into specifics though.
     
  10. fpeliwo

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    There are two boys' coaches here at the NTC, and they both try to help me out with my technique.

    We very rarely train with the girls, generally we just stay with the group of boys.

    I have hit with them once a long time ago, but never played points.
     
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    Thanks so much for doing this, great to see your posts.

    What's it like playing Wimbledon?
     
  12. fpeliwo

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    It's amazing to play there. There is so much history and tradition there, and to be a part of the tournament, and on the wall of champions, is a great feeling.
     
  13. Towser83

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    Thanks for answering :)

    Don't know if this has been asked yet, but obviously having made the finals of all junior slams, you've been around each event quite a bit, what was your impression of each one? Do you have a favourite? Do they all treat the juniors well? ;)

    Also having won Wimbledon you must be pretty confortable on grass though there's not many tournaments on it, what was your grass experience like coming into that Wimbledon and how was it trying to win your first slam on grass?
     
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    Hey Filip,

    As a fellow Canadian, I want to congratulate you for the wins at Jr. Wimbledon and the Jr. USO. I believed I spotted you at LaGuardia a few hours after you won Jr. USO. I wanted to say hi but you looked exhausted and you were just listening to your music lol.

    My question to you is do you believe Tennis Canada is doing enough to put Canada as a potential tennis powerhouse in the future?

    Thanks!

    PS: Who is your favourite hockey team and what are your thoughts on the current NHL lockout?
     
  16. nethawkwenatchee

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    I'm curious if you play any non-ATP tournaments. The reason I ask is because I know some guys who are in the ATP 200-300 singles range who play local open tournaments for extra cash, match play, confidence booster, ETC.

    I looked at your profile (match history) and noticed you lost a very close futures match in July to a guy named Roman Borvanov, who is ATP 200-300 range and who has had some significant results at the futures-challenger level as well.

    I've watched him play several times and am amazed how he can put a beat down on these top Division I players from the NCAA. He is a guy who does really well, winning alot of the open tournaments in the Pacific Northwest (Washington State Open, Nordstrom Open (at University of Washington), Portland Open... ETC. Do you happen to remember this guy?

    These tournaments have really good competition, but a level just under what you are seeing at the ATP level, so he collects the check and also raises the trophy a good percentage of the time.

    Just wondering if you play any of these or plan to ETC. Any thoughts are appreciated.
     
  17. fpeliwo

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    They all have different things that make them special.

    If I had to choose, one, it would be Wimbledon.

    They definitely treat the juniors well.

    My total experience on grass leading up to this years Wimbledon was 3 matches, all of which I lost. One in Roehampton at the warm-up tournament, and 1 each at Wimbledon and Roehampton the year before. I was struggling a lot to get used to the grass, but once I got a win under my belt, it my game started to get better quite quickly.
     
  18. fpeliwo

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    Haha yeah that sounds about right, I usually just listen to my iPod at the airport. Honestly though, don't worry about bothering me, I really don't mind it at all.

    I do believe that at the moment Tennis Canada is doing a great job at making Canadian tennis a strong force in the future. As you can see, we have been doing better than ever.

    My favourite team would have to be the Canucks, as I was born and raised in Vancouver. I think the lock-out is completely ridiculous... it shouldn't be that tough to come up with an agreement.
     
  19. fpeliwo

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    Yes I do remember Roman, I know him somewhat well actually. I have played a few non-ATP open tournaments, but I don't think I will be playing any in the near future, as I am more focused on getting my ranking up rather than making some money on the side.
     
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    Sorry if this has already been asked...I haven't been able to read through the entire thread. What is your schedule like for next year? Do you anticipate making the main draw at some 250 (or higher) events?
     
  21. fpeliwo

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    I'm starting out by playing a bunch of futures and some challengers. I don't know exactly what the cuts are for an average 250 main draw, but that would probably be a goal towards the end of next year.
     
  22. heninfan99

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    Bad serving days

    Do you ever have days where your ball toss on the serve is just off even after an hour warm-up AND have to play a pro match?
     
  23. librarysteg

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    Good luck! I'll be sure to look for your Futures and Challengers results.
     
  24. Desertman

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    Where do you see yourself in 1 year / 5 years / 10 years?
     
  25. fpeliwo

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    Sometimes but it's something that is generally easy to fix if you pay attention.
     
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    In one year, I'm hoping to be at least in the top 300 or so. In five years, I would like to be in the top 20 or higher, and in 10 years I want to have won multiple slams and be #1.
     
  27. beast of mallorca

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    What ATP 250 tournament are you playing at here in the N. America ? With your emerging stature in the juniors, have you ever applied for a WC entry, even in the qualifying round ? Sorry, don't know how that works.
     
  28. sureshs

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    You were featured in a Wilson promotional video I was shown. Keep up the good work.
     
  29. fpeliwo

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    I won't be playing any ATP 250's or higher, my ranking isn't high enough yet. You can't "apply" for a WC, it would be offered to you. In the States, they are given to Americans 99% of the time, so I wouldn't count on getting many WC's there.
     
  30. fpeliwo

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    Really? I haven't seen it, you wouldn't happen to have the link?
     
  31. beast of mallorca

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    Thanks for your answer. Well, hope and pray that your ranking goes up really quick so us here in TW can cheer on you and get to see you in tournaments ATP 250 and up. God bless you man !
     
  32. fpeliwo

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    Thanks a lot dude, let's hope so.
     
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    Do you get to choose your tournaments or do "your people" end up setting your schedule for you?

    Just read your post about the new suit...can't wait to see pictures when it comes in, love that orange pattern!
     
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    Are doubles or mixed doubles opportunities being explored to advance your experience at the elite level while you build your own singles ranking? Jack Sock, one of your predecessors as Junior USO champ, came back and bagged a major in mixed, which is a great achievement in itself. The intangible positive of that experience probably aided him in his advance to R3 in the singles this year. Now he has won a singles Challenger title too.

    Your thoughts...any Canadian takers for partnering with (Nestor, Raonic et al in a DC tie?) men's or mixed? Do you enjoy doubles?
     
  35. fpeliwo

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    My coaches generally plan it for me, as they are more experienced in that regard. I do have some say in it but for the most part they are in charge of that.

    Haha yeah I'm really looking forward to getting it. I agree, the orange pattern on the inside was awesome, really stands out.
     
  36. fpeliwo

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    I always try to play doubles wherever I am, and I do enjoy it a lot. I would honestly play with any of those Canadian guys, they are all good players.
     
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    In terms of corporate sponsorship, how often would you say you have to meet with the Wilson and Lacoste people in order to discuss things? Another question would be your clothing kit. Do you have to go out to a Lacoste store and pick up all the gear or are you given all the clothes at the beginning of the year?
     
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    You've said you use a stock Wilson Blade with Lux Original at 54. But, have you demoed many rackets and strings in your short but promising career? What other racket models and strings have impressed you? Also, do you think its good to demo different strings and rackets in search of the "perfect setup" or just persevere with the same racket and string and adjust to it?
     
  39. sureshs

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    No, it was shown during a Wilson playtest event for the Spin Effect and new Blade frames that I was invited to yesterday. They were talking about how they go after upcoming juniors and you were one of those shown as evidence of their talent-prediction success.

    BTW, will you be wearing the Wilson RUSH PRO shoe coming out in February or do you have a separate shoe sponsor? Also, are you going to be looking at the new Blades with 16*19 pattern?
     
  40. beast of mallorca

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    Deng, where's that. I wasn't invited :)
     
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    I pretty much never actually have meetings with the companies.

    I get a shipment for every Grand Slam, and extra stuff if I go to the boutique in Paris.
     
  44. fpeliwo

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    I use Asics shoes, so I think I'll stick with those for now.

    I might look at the 16/19s, but I doubt I'll be switching.
     
  45. fpeliwo

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    I've tried some, but there are still quite a few that I haven't hit with. At the moment, I like the Blade more than any other.

    It's good to demo strings and rackets, but once you find one you like, stick with it. I find that it's not good to mess around with rackets too much if you have one you like, as that messes with your head, and if you do it too much, can make you blame rackets for your mistakes.
     
  46. vernonbc

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    Do you or the other young guys on tour feel any resentment towards the American players who get so many more opportunities than you with wildcards into most American tournaments? Not even just the American kids, Bernard Tomic got wc's into a crazy number of tournaments in 2011. It gives them such a leg up if they can win a round or two and get 20 points or so at a time while you're killing yourself to earn 5 or 8.
     
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    No presssure then!! :)

    Who do you think will be your biggest challenger to reach these goals?
     
  48. fpeliwo

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    A little bit, but getting WC's into everything isn't necessarily the best way to improve. I think it's good to work for your points and not rush into the big leagues.
     
  49. fpeliwo

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    I honestly don't know, there are too many players to choose just one.
     
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    This the first of a few blog posts that will be on tennisconnected.com. I will be doing this for the next few weeks, and I just wanted to show you guys in more detail what an average day before a tournament begins for me looks like. Hope you like it!

    The Filip Peliwo Blog: Hello from Mexico (Part 1)

    Hello everyone,

    I’ve been told that the weather is getting cooler and cooler back home in Canada, but let me assure you that it is super hot here. I’ll have to get used to it, as for the next 3 weeks I will be playing ITF Futures level tournaments around Mexico.

    Futures tournaments are where up and coming players try to gain enough points to move up in the world rankings and get direct access to ATP Challenger and World Tour events. There is so much depth in men’s tennis now that anyone can prevail on a given day. The competition in the next few weeks will be extremely fierce, and I am definitely looking forward to the challenge.

    On Friday, I took a flight from Montreal (home of Tennis Canada’s National Training Center) with my coach Jocelyn. Not much to report on the flight itself; my luggage was waiting for me when I arrived in Mexico and I slept during most of the trip (I can fall asleep pretty much anywhere…which is a good thing when you travel as much as we do!)

    Our first stop is in Cancun, a city best known for its amazing (or so I hear) Spring Break parties. However, I am not here as a tourist, far from it. In fact, ever since I got here I have been pretty much splitting my time between the hotel room and the World Tennis Academy, host club of the Mexico F12 Futures. Here is a link to the ITF website with more details about the tournament, which starts next Monday: http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men's-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100027590

    Across the street from our hotel in downtown Cancun is a large shopping mall with all the stores a North American kid would be familiar with. I don’t plan on doing much shopping, though. It would be pretty bad to spend all my money during the first week of a month-long trip! A lot of people I know like to bring home souvenirs for friends and family members on trips to Mexico, but I am not planning on it. My parents are far more interested in match-used tennis balls or those vaunted Wimbledon player towels. Over the years, so many players during Wimbledon take those towels home, that the staff at the All-England Club don’t even bother keeping them out of sight anymore – it’s pretty much a free for all now. Not so at the US Open, though. I had to pay $20 last year using my players discount in order to keep one of their souvenir towels...

    Today is my first full day in Cancun and I’ve been pretty busy. A lot of you have been asking more about my daily practice schedule, so here is today’s training routine:

    Morning:
    15 minute run on the treadmill to warm up
    15 minutes of dynamic stretches
    Off-court movement drills (shuffles and side steps to mimic on-court movement patterns)

    AM Practice (with Luis Patino, a good friend of mine from the juniors who is also competing this week):
    Light hitting down the middle of the court (to get into a rhythm and adapt to the conditions)
    Cross-court ground strokes
    Volleys
    Serves
    Baseline points
    Practice set (I won 6-4 )

    Shower

    Lunch

    PM practice (with another Mexican player called Mauricio Astorga)
    Practice set (Won 7-6)
    Lower body and core workout
    Stretching

    Back to the hotel


    The draw for the tournament should be happening tomorrow, so I’ll get a good night’s sleep and report back tomorrow with more anecdotes about Cancun. Been meaning to post some pictures as well, so perhaps tomorrow I’ll get around to doing that.

    Take care!

    Filip
     
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