Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. cc0509

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    Ask Milos. I am sure he has upgraded in the groupie dept. since he hit the top 50! :)
     
  2. athleticstennis

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    How much you weigh? I know you are 511. How much it took you to get to these strength level? When you started how much could you lift?
     
  3. fpeliwo

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    I weight about 155lbs. Haha well I started when I was about 11 or 12 doing push-up and those sort of exercises, and moved up to light dumbbells. I've definitely improved a lot in the past year or so, gained some muscle mass as well (about 15 lbs since January).
     
  4. athleticstennis

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    Nice Filip!
     
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    I know you said you don't like to emulate a particular player, but if you had to pick which player in the top 4 your style was most similar to, who would it be? (I'm secretly trying to decide whether to root for you or not... just kidding.)
     
  7. fpeliwo

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    If I had to choose one guy in the current top 4 my game is most similar to, I would probably have to say Djokovic.
     
  8. GoodVibrations

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    Good answer!

    One last question from me tonight... how awkward is it to have to go back to the same locker room with someone you've just beaten in a match? I always assume that it's gotta be really weird, but maybe you get used to it really quickly.
     
  9. Ronaldo

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    They never stop talking about themselves.
     
  10. fpeliwo

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    It's not really weird. I just give him his space and I don't talk to him, as he probably wouldn't like me trying to have a conversation after having lost to me. I don't usually like it when people try to talk to me and ask lots of questions right after I lose, I prefer to have a bit of space and time to myself to calm down (though sometimes it's not possible to be alone, with interviews and fans around, so I try to be as nice as I can in those situations)
     
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    Not sure if this has been asked on here and if it has I apologize, but who do you think is currently the prettiest WTA player?
     
  12. beast of mallorca

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    Let me put this in the open Filip. Are you a Fed fan or a Rafa fan ? Who do you like better ?
    "]you don't really have to answer. just throwing it out there[/COLOR] :)
     
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    Filip already said that it is hard to argue against Federer as the greatest even though he was a Sampras fan! :mrgreen: I believe he also said he met Federer at this year's Wimbledon dinner and that he was very talkative and kind.
    Not sure if he mentioned anything about Nadal or meeting him.
     
  14. beast of mallorca

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    I wasn't asking him who is the greatest. I was asking him who does he like better ?
    ie ...I know Sampras is better, but i like Agassi more as a player. Not really important. Just asking.
     
  15. diddlysquat

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    Filip, at what age or when did you decide or knew you wanted to become a pro? After winning under-12? Or under-14? Or was Tennis Canada approached you that you thought you may have a chance?
    Thanks again for your feedback, I'm sure I'm not only new fan you got now!
     
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    Filip,

    I'm sure a lot of your pro matches are the first time you're facing an opponent. Is there a type of game that's easier to figure out on the first go-around? Lots of MLB hitters take a while to adjust to pitchers from the opposing league. I'm wondering if you have a similar "break-in" say against a "spinny" finesse pro as opposed to a power hitter.

    I'm also curious how each surface affects your adjustments. You mentioned early winter '13 will include 4 events on Har-Tru clay. Have you got any playing time in on the green dirt? If not, it's a bit different at each site but generally faster than traditional red clay. Come early if you can and get adjusted.
     
  17. fpeliwo

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    Haha I like both guys pretty equally.
     
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    Great answer man. Now, you have both sides here in TW happy ! And everybody here in TW is rooting for you. Hope, you can qualify for an ATP 250 tournament here iN the US soon, so we can watch and cheer for you. :)
    I already met your countryman Raonic this year at the SAP open. Nice guy.
     
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  19. fpeliwo

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    I always wanted to go pro, ever since I was a young child. I don't know when I was 100% sure that it was going to be my career path, but it was at an early age, for sure.
     
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    Well it's tough to say, I guess it depends on how I feel on any given day. I find that guys who play pretty predictable are the easiest to adjust to.

    We have Har-Tru at the NTC in Canada, and we probably train on that more than on hardcourts, actually, so it won't be too difficult to prepare.
     
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    I have one question for you; what is your mindset when you are walking onto the court? What is going through your head right before a match?
     
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    Thanks! Glad to hear the green is not alien to you but I'm guessing your prep in Canada from now til January goes indoor, eh? Get here early for some hits outdoors. When you arrive at the sites, look for sprinkler heads around the courts...if there aren't any the club is built on a Hydro-grid system that irrigates the courts from the subsurface up. Those courts will generally play slower and lower. Above-ground sprinklers would indicate a dustier, top surface and faster condition and more "slide" to your footwork. It'll be easy to see when you arrive. Good luck!
     
  23. fpeliwo

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    I just try to get into a zone, listening to music, just to block out outside distractions.
     
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    If you could have a shot/ability (such as speed/movement) from each of the top 4 players which would you pick?
     
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    Does who serving first/which side chosen have any large influence in any of your matches?
    Do you have a specific strategy when you win/lose the coin toss, or do you usually choose just one choice everytime?
     
  26. diddlysquat

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    Thanks Filip.

    Another question, on a day when you have practice before a match and during practice you can't seem to find your rhythm and just feeling it, how to you prepare mentally to turn it around? Do you take a break and concentrate on something else? Or just keep practicing until you get it right? Talk to someone about it?
     
  27. GoodVibrations

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    What your opinion on all of the discussion as to whether players like Murray and Djoko "tanked"?
     
  28. fpeliwo

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    I think it's stupid. Those guys don't tank. Maybe they didn't play their best, but none of them are going to tank in a masters event, or in any event for that matter.
     
  29. fpeliwo

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    I don't always turn it around. Sometimes you just need to find a way to win when you don't have any rhythm, and aren't playing your best. Eventually it will come back if you focus on the right things. If you just practice at it, or keep winning and play through it, then it will come.
     
  30. fpeliwo

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    Djokovic movement, backhand, Federer serve and forehand.
     
  31. fpeliwo

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    Not really. I usually choose to receive.
     
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    Fellow Naruto fan I see, been watching the latest shippuuden episodes?
     
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    http://tennisconnected.com/home/2012/11/02/filip-peliwos-blog-balls-out/

    "Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Hey everyone,
    After a day off yesterday, I took to the courts this morning to play my second round singles match against Riccardo Maiga of Switzerland. It was a hard-fought match and my opponent played far better than his ranking (813th in the world). In the end, however, I managed to grind the match out in three sets, 6-3 3-6 6-3, to the delight of the approximately five people in attendance, including the umpire. I’m actually kidding, though attendance is usually fairly low at Futures events (I’ve played matches where only my coach and my opponent’s coach were in the stands!). For some reason most of the people working at the tournament are fans of mine, and all the kids are crazy about me and follow me around. Guess it’s good knowing I’ve got a few new fans!

    One of the biggest adjustments I had to make during the match was getting used to the balls used at the tournament. The ones used today were very light and lively, which threw me off a bit at first. Other than the different playing surfaces, adjusting for the type of balls used is one of the biggest challenges facing us when we play different tournaments on consecutive weeks. Call me picky, but it’s the type of minute difference which I really notice when playing, especially under match conditions. Part of it is mental, but each brand of tennis balls really does have its own attributes.
    At the first grand slam of the year held in Australia, we use Wilson Australian Open balls which, as the name indicates, are designed specifically for the tournament. They play a bit “faster” and bounce higher than average, tend to be a bit more durable than other brands and are slightly heavier than average.

    At Roland Garros, the balls are supplied by Babolat. I don’t recall much about their playing characteristics as nothing really sticks out in my mind, so it’s safe to assume that they are middle-of-the-road in terms of playability. It’s worth noting that on clay and grass, the balls used are “regular duty” while “extra duty” balls are used on hard courts. “Extra duty” balls simply have a thicker, more durable felt (the green fuzz that covers the outside of the tennis ball), which last longer on a hard court.

    The tennis balls used at Wimbledon are my personal favorite. They don’t play too fast or too slow, and are neither too heavy nor too light. It’s just like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears;” the Slazenger used by the All England Club feel “just right.” As an added bonus, they come out of a metal tube, instead of the clear plastic containers that most other brands use, which is kind of a neat detail.

    Finally, there are the Wilson US Open balls, the gold standard for players growing up in North America such as myself. It’s probably the brand of tennis balls I’ve hit with the most in my life, and I definitely find myself using it as a reference point when comparing different brands. At Flushing Meadows, the hard court (made by a company called Decoturf) has a thin layer of sand laid between the asphalt and the layers of paint at the top of the court. Court builders can play around with the amount of sand in order to tweak the speed of the court. The more sand there is in that middle layer, the slower the court, and vice-versa. This year, I found that the court to be pretty gritty, which really chews up the felt of the Wilson US Open balls. They would “fluff up” after a few games and not fly through the air as quickly, an advantage to consistent baseliners and somewhat of a headache for big servers and players who are very finesse-oriented. That’s a big reason why players love serving with new balls – they come off the racquet a few miles per hour faster, which can make the difference between a clean ace, and just a decent serve that your opponents can get a racquet on.

    Anyway, I think that’s enough time spent talking about balls. By winning today, I’ve earned myself a couple of hours of playing Half-Life 2, so I’ll continue this blog tomorrow and hope that you’ll be back to read my next entry!

    Take care.
    Filip"
     
  35. athleticstennis

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    Filip rocks! He has earned many fans, including me. We are wishing the best to filip. Nice blog.
     
  36. AmbiDexter

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    Well done against Robert earlier on today.
    What do you think about Jerzy Janowicz?(sorry, had to ask that:) can he become a top player? Did you ever meet him?
    pozdr
     
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    Filip is into the semis in Cancun. Here's the latest entry in his blog:

    http://tennisconnected.com/home/2012/11/03/filip-peliwos-blog-the-secret-to-tour-success/

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    "Hey everyone,

    Today, I played my quarter-final match in Caucun against Roberto Marcora of Italy, the second-seeded player in the draw. He was a very tall guy (6’4” or 6’5”) who hits an extremely hard serve and has a flat one-handed backhand. It would have been difficult to try to out-hit him, so I came into the match prepared to mix up my spins and placements and generally try to make him hit uncomfortable shots from outside of his usual hitting zone. That strategy worked to perfection as I managed to close out a 6-4 6-4 win, which puts me in tomorrow’s semi-final match.
    This was an especially important win for me, considering this is my first tournament back on the tour after taking over a month off to train with my coaches at the National Tennis Center in Montreal. It’s always tricky to come back and compete after not playing tournament matches for more than a couple of weeks, so I am happy to string some victories together.
    Hopefully tomorrow this trend will continue.

    This win is also important to me because my opponent Roberto is ranked over 100 places higher than me in the ATP rankings (#445 in the world). Being able to compete and prevail against higher-ranked competition is definitely a big part of the development of a professional player. As I get stronger physically and gain more experience on the ATP tour, how I do against better-ranked players will be a good measurement for my level of progress.

    The highest-ranked player I have ever had the opportunity to play against in a tournament was Ivan Dodig of Croatia, who was ranked in the top 60 when I faced him in the qualifying draw of the Rogers Cup this summer in Toronto. I lost a fairly tight match 3-6 4-6 but felt like I had opportunities to win a set, if not the match outright. During the match, I could see that Ivan was under a lot of pressure to beat me, being the established pro while I had no real expectations to live up to. In addition, the crowd supported me heavily and that also seemed to weigh on Ivan. To his credit, he recovered after making a sub-par start, stayed patient, and took advantage of his opportunities when they came up. The top players in game simply do a great job of winning the matches they are supposed to win.

    Herein lies the biggest difference between someone ranked outside of the top 400 and a top 100 player – the best in the world rarely give free points away; you have to work hard on every single shot in order to stay in the match. If you give a player ranked inside the top 100 an opportunity like a short ball or a weak second serve, he will make you pay almost every single time. Conversely, lower-ranked pros will often let you off the hook by going for too much at the wrong moment or by simply missing makeable shots.

    Looking back on the match against Dodig, I feel like I was a bit too impatient at time – pulling the trigger and trying for a winner at the wrong moments – because I didn’t think I could hang around in the rally any longer. The more experience I gain on the pro tour, the more I realize the importance of trusting my own game, and playing within the limits of my abilities instead of trying to overreach them. Tomorrow will be another step on that journey. I hope I’ll come out on the winning end!

    Take care.
    Filip"
     
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    Great results for you, Filip! It sounds like you're the player others need to adjust to...adaptability is an incredibly overlooked key to success.

    Re balls: next to string tension, balls have probably the second-most impact on the fine line between winners and UE's, so you're right to focus on that factor. Most of the tourneys you'll play will have factsheets that specify the official ball. Come prepared with a supply of the chosen ball bcoz some of the smaller host clubs don't always stock that specific ball to buy off the shelf for pre-tourney hitting sessions.

    Also, at the USO they use the HD USO ball for the regular men's singles and doubles but switch to the RD ball for women's and mixed doubles matches. Could it have been all the juniors' draws were played with the RD balls? That would also explain the quick "fluff-up" you described.
     
  39. fpeliwo

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    The balls at the US Open are really good. I find that at some other tournaments they fluff up a lot more.
     
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    I've seen him around, but never actually met him. I think that it's great that he's taking out these guys. I'm very happy to see a Polish guy having such success. I don't know if he will keep up his level to how he is playing now, but if he does he will definitely be a dangerous top 30/20 player, maybe better.
     
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    It's very nice to see young player with a great attitude towards the game, life and people. I think you will be blessed with much success and happiness in life, both professional and otherwise. Keep up the good/hard work!
     
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    Keep in mind he reached two slam junior finals a few years before your success. I know he's not a "blueprint" for your career path due to your size differential but his diligence after setbacks is something to model. Losing to F. Mayer in a tough five-setter in 3R Wimby this year got his "motor" working, he went back to Challengers, won a couple, had some stumbles here in the US, but again bounced back now in Europe (QF Kremlin Cup and now the Bercy run).

    It's also interesting the victor vs JJ at '07 USO Juniors was Berankis, whom you remind me of. He almost made it out of qualies at Bercy too. He's been beset with injuries but, when healthy, has a BIG game. Are you familiar with Ricardas? Do some of you junior champions trade tips on the transition from top level junior results to Futures/Challengers?
     
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    Janowicz had incredible money problems to the point where he couldn't travel to tournaments. I find that surprising since he was a top world junior. But I guess Poland is still a poor country that doesn't spend much on athletes and has few companies able to offer sponsorships. I also suppose that a Polish player is less marketable than someone from Switzerland or France. You must feel very lucky that Tennis Canada pays for your trips and you don't have to worry about finances.

    Do you think it's easier to pull out upsets when you're almost 7' and can serve bombs and hit unbelievable FHs? In other words, in view of your small size, do you think it will be tougher for you to do what Janowicz just did? As well, the man was 69 in the world before the tourney, so it's not like he came out of nowhere. And he still had money troubles? Wow. When do you hope to break the 100?
     
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    I know the name quite well, and I've seen some of his results when he is healthy, but I've never actually had the chance to see him play.

    As for trading tips, that doesn't really happen as I don't know any of the past junior champions. (at least not well)
     
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    Well it depends on a number of things. I do believe having a big serve like that would help, and I'm sure that he gets more free points because of that. I think I would just have to do it differently than he did, rather than just smacking serves and FHs, (which I can do quite well, just doubt I can serve that hard) I would probably have to rely more on my ground game to do so. I think that it's difficult to compare as we have completely different games.

    With that being said, I don't think I'm that small. 5'11 isn't a big difference from 6'1 (Federer's height). If you look at guys like Ferrer and Tipsarevic, their height doesn't seem to keep them from being consistent top 10/top 5 players.
     
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    It seems that fewer teenagers are making an early breakthrough on the main tour (compared to eras such as the 80s). Do you think this trend will lead to a different career path developing, for instance more players going to college / university and then turning pro in their early 20s?

    Did you ever consider the college route yourself (and if so, at what point did you decide you were good enough to go pro instead)?
     
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    A lot of people on this board suggest cutting out polyester strings after 4-5hrs of play, or that some hybrid combo become unplayable after 10hrs ect...Are you experiencing the same with your strings? (Sorry if this question has been asked before.)
     
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    Hi Felipe, best of luck on your Mexican tour and breaking into the pros!!! Where do you think the canada-Spain Davis cup tie will take place and will you be a part of the team again? We managed to get to the games in Montreal and Vancouver this year and hope to make it in Feb as well. Great thread!!
     
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    HEY FILIP,

    What is your typical training session like? Do you lift heavy weights to improve strength, or just spend most of the time on the court?

    I think it's a good idea to get motivated in the gym with heavy weights, especially on your legs and abdominal. It will improve your overall athleticism greatly.

    Also let me know if you ever come to Seattle.
     
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    I definitely agree with this assessment of the balls. I only played with Australian Open balls once at an NTRP tournament but they were all dead out of the can, so I can't make a good evaluation of them. Roland Garros and Slazenger are just middle of the road tennis balls. The US Opens on a gritty hard court fluff up way too quickly. At least in the pros, they can change balls every 9 games. In a long 3 set NTRP tournament, maybe you have to play with them for 30 games. Nadal has said in the past he does not like the US Open ball because it does not accentuate his spin.
     

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