Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. fpeliwo

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    He played very well throughout the match, and I was missing a lot. Definitely the worst match I played that week, but he deserves credit for playing well.
     
  2. fpeliwo

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    I think the fact the the guys are faster, stronger, and more consistent is a big factor. Their returns are so much better and so are their passing shots, so it makes it a lot more difficult to get in and do something. You don't see as my guys popping up returns as you used to, and at the same time, they don't volley as well as people like Sampras or Edberg, so that also makes a difference.
     
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    It's tough to say, I can't speak for myself cause I've never seen a close up slow motion of my forehand. Fed seems to hit the ball down there quite often. He does have quite a small racket head so that doesn't make it easier to tell. I definitely don't hit the ball down there though, all my shots are towards the upper beam and top of the head, so towards the far top corner. If I hit the ball that far down my frame it would be a shank. I guess it depends on the player. You have to remember Federer has a grip tilted very much towards an Eastern or even towards a Continental grip so his forehand mechanics and strike zone won't be the same as someone who uses a semi-western or western grip. As for the tilting, I don't think I hit with a completely flat racket face (Unless I hit a flat shot), it is always a bit closed on contact, but only minimally, if anything. Wouldn't be able to tell you for certain until I see a slow mo of my fh.
     
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    Hello Filip,

    I was wondering if you've been able to watch some of the Aus Open this year? Gasquet and Djokovic just had a cracking 5-setter.

    Who do you predict will win? And is there anyone (perhaps an underdog) that you'd like to win it?

    Thanks and all the best for your first year on tour!
     
  5. fpeliwo

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    Haha wasn't it Wawrinka and Djokovic? I'm hoping for Milos to do well, but as usual I have to choose Djokovic or Federer to win it.
     
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    Haha yeah blunder! Got my 1H-backhanders mixed up. :p
    I'll be rooting for Milos tomorrow as well, I'd like to see someone young break through the top 4.

    Talking of slams, any chance us Brits will see you at Wimbledon this year? I heard junior champions automatically get a wildcard there.
     
  7. Relinquis

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    Would be awesome to see Filip at Wimbledon!
     
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    Filip do you think the gap between players like Wawrinka and Djokovic is mostly mental or physical? Wawrinka has great shots on both sides and has come close many times against the top players but his mental fragility has always held him back. Do you think that the top 4 dominate by virtue of superior mental strength rather than overt skill?
     
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    fpeliwo do you think you'll have a career like a kolschriber or a djokovic ?
     
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    How does the ATP/WTA determine when you can move from the juniors to the "big time"? Also, are you happy that the NHL is finally playing?
     
  11. fpeliwo

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    Yeah I think I get a qualies wc, and I might get a main draw wc if I get my ranking high enough to be in qualies without the wc.
     
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    Hehe, that's why you're nowhere in AO. Hope you can qualify in some big tournaments soon.....GS, Masters1000... soon so we can root for you/see you play.
     
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    stop asking him about drugs..whats wrong with you lot..??

    as if he is going to try and diffuse that ticking bomb.
     
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    would be great if you get into qualis.
    watched your boys semi & final last year...great effort.
    It will obviously be tougher to step it up but that is what Luke Saville & all the other guys are doing this year.I honestly believe it is getting tougher as a lot of guys are staying in longer & the pool of good players is enormous.

    good luck with this forum. You definitely need a bs filter to get through some of the postings here...main thing is you keep your sense of humour.
     
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    Guys. The guy already answered questions about PEDs. There are several another threads to discuss PEDs in detail. This is not the place imo.

    Filip, do you play any other racquet sports like Squash, Badminton or table tennis?
     
  16. fpeliwo

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    Seriously guys, no more doping questions. I've answered them already, and I don't want anything to do with that kind of topic. I'm just going to keep ignoring those posts.
     
  17. fpeliwo

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    Yeah I like to play table tennis, but I've never played squash or racketball before.
     
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    I didn't actually get a chance to see it.

    Haha I don't know if I would feel good about doing a celebration like that, I'd feel like a jerk. Not quite my style. I don't like wrecking perfectly good shirts either :p
     
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    It would be good to see you there. Good luck with the ranking.
     
  20. fpeliwo

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    hopefully one more like djokovic haha. i think i will if i just keep working hard
     
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    Thanks for answering these questions fpeliwo! :D Come play at Auckland next year; I'll travel up to see you!
     
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    Good for you. I've always felt Djokovic is a very gracious loser but a terrible winner.
     
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    Fun :) Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Hi Filip!

    You've completed the three Futures clay events in South Florida...I was wondering if you have graded yourself on the busy schedule they presented to you...all three main draws and the one qualie you played. There was quite an array of talent across the net and in the draws in general...up-and-comers such as yourself and Fratangelo and veterans trying to rebound (Ginepri). Was this the toughest talent pool you've run up against? What's your take on the green clay? Is it a surface you prefer or dislike?

    From a previous post, you're back to Canada for DC...what's the schedule after that? Good luck for you and the team!
     
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    Hi Filip, keep up the great tennis and hope to watch you play in main draws in the near future :). As a university player who is always trying to get his body stronger for tennis, I want to ask you what kinds of workouts you do and how often? Thanks from Philly.
     
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    Very cool. Thanks Jack.
    Good to see you and fpeliwo together.

    Love that fh, filip.
    Next time come here to San Diego with Jack!
     
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    Hi Filip,

    Thanks for answering the questions, this is a really interesting thread. You seem like a really sincere down to earth guy. I'll definitely be pulling for you in your matches... As long as you're not playing Fed.


    What's your opinion on stringing poly at really low tension (sub 40 lbs)? I know some pros have started stringing that low. Have you given it a shot and what did you think of it?

    Good luck in 2013!
     
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    fpeliwo!

    i just met someone who roomed with you when you guys played together. i forget his name.....i strung up his pure storms too. hope you have a good 2013!
     
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    how does it feel to loose
     
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    Hi Filip,

    this is my son playing here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaErzXIPdEk


    Were you as good as him back then?:)
    He would like to know, how much did you practice and compete when you were his age? Did you ever play orange or green balls? Were you always the best at your age group in Canada?
    He wishes you good luck on the tour and will cheer for you!
     
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    At this time of the year how do you calibrate your goals? There are nine months until the end of the season, three grand slams and all the Masters series tournaments still to play. Do you set overall objectives for the year, or limited objectives for say the next three months, or a combination of the two, and what roughly do your objectives look like?

    And how do you think about your training? Do you periodise over say the next three months, or the next six months, or the next year?

    And finally, how do you stay mentally tuned for year ahead? There are a lot of matches, a lot of travelling, a lot of conditioning to do. How do you stay as mentally sharp as you need to be to manage it all?

    CC
     
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    holy shnart your son is probally right under my level and im 14 @_@
     
  34. fpeliwo

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    I workout every day during the week, and once on the weekend. Sometimes twice a day, for at least 1.5-2.5 hrs each session. I really do everything, running, stationary bike, weights, core. I think it's important to try to make sure you are fit in every aspect of the game, and that's where a good fitness trainer would come into play.
     
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    I wouldn't know, never gone below 48, and that was with a super tight poly. I would probably have trouble keep the ball in. It depends on how you play, though, so maybe it's just because of the way I hit the ball.
     
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    I don't really mind the green clay, but it's definitely not my favourite surface. I train on it but I feel like I would be a better hard court player. It was a tough group of guys but I've seen tougher, and I didn't exactly play my best...
     
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    Thanks! Trying to think who that would be, but nothing comes to mind.
     
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    Haha I hate losing.
     
  39. PeterFig

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    Hi Filip

    Are you planning on playing in the Vancouver Open this year? I don't recall you playing previously but as you said this is your first year out of juniors so I guess that's why. Would love to come out and cheer you on! :)

    Are you more or less based out east now or do you still spend a good amount of time here in Vancouver?

    Thanks!
     
  40. fpeliwo

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    First of all I didn't play tournaments until I was about 9, or maybe even 10. He seems like he's played quite a few, so he's definitely ahead of me in that regard. He's also a lot more consistent than I was. I used to go for winners and rush the net a lot so I had a lot of unforced errors. I hit the ball harder than he did, especially off the backhand. He probably would have beaten me at that age.

    I don't remember exactly how much I practiced at his age, but I think it was anywhere from 1-5 times a week.

    I wasn't always the best in my age group, had trouble winning matches that I "should" have won based on my level, partially due to the lack of match toughness. I didn't have enough tournaments on my schedule back when I was younger. I've won u14, u16, and u18 nationals, and made finals of the 12s, but until I was about 16 there were still guys my age ranked ahead of me sometimes.

    I don't remember ever playing with the softer balls. I'm quite sure I've always used regular ones.
     
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    I played last year but I lost in the 1st round. I'll definitely be there this year.

    I'm not in Vancouver much, just for the odd week here and there.
     
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    Filip if/when you enter the top 10 and are competing for major championships, will you still post on this forum? :)
     
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    Great! Looking forward to watching you at the VanOpen this year! I'm on the north shore so I try and get out and watch most of the matches and cheer on the locals... I'm friends with a couple of people that played qualies at the VanOpen the last few years - fun coming out seeing them play and it's an amazing setting for a tournament too.

    Good luck in 2013!!!!
     
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    Im surprised he has time NOW. apparently last week he went through like 100 episodes of dragon ball and dbz
     
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    Haha, Any other animes he watches ?
     
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    Sorry to ask you again, but what's the schedule of events for you in the next few weeks/months? How far in advance do you plan the agenda? The US Futures go through South Texas and parts of the Southeast during late winter to be able to be staged outdoors. Will you play that cycle, go indoors or head elsewhere in warmer climates to stay "in the elements"?
     
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    not sure. told him to check out Death Notes. he told me the concept of the show is lame. then again the tour routine is pretty conductive to TV watching after practices and matches. would take him like 2 days and a half to go through a 37 episode series...
     
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    I apologize if this q has been asked but I am curious whats the process like for you when you are switching racquet brands. How long does it take you to get adjusted to feel and response of new racquet. Is new technifibre similar for example custom made to feel like your blade or is it off the shelf so you had to adjust to the way it hits.
     
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    Any injuries in the past?
    When you have general muscle tightness between matches, any tips to feel better? I am thinking massage , heat , rest , other? What works best for you?
     
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