Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. Goosehead

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    well when i came in here on the main page were poasts 999 :?..but now im in last poast was 998..

    well congratulations to me on being poast 1000 (or 999:)
     
  2. Goosehead

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    1000 Poasts..vamos To The Next 1000 :)
     
  3. Prodigy1234

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    Might have already been asked, but when did you get your Lacoste sponsorship?
     
  4. dlam

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    Do have any quirky rituals before the match?
    Like trying not step on court line when coming on the court such as Nadal does? etc.
     
  5. nightfire700

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    As a parent of a 9.5 yr boy old who recently developed serious interest in the sport, this thread has been a gem. Spent last 2 days soaking up every post on this thread. Since TW has lot of parents with kids aspiring to do something big in tennis, I thought I will get together a few questions that are mostly asked my parents and get varying response on this forum. Getting response from a real pro who went through the process would be awesome.

    1. I see that you used Lux Original for a long time. Didnt find a mention of when you moved to full poly and what were you using before that? What made you move to a poly?

    2. U mentioned you topped U12 and U14. How many tournaments did you play and at what age did you start playing tournaments. Also were you focused on rankings at U12/U14 level or were tournaments to get real world experience with primary focus being training?

    3. At what age did you start physical training especially focused training in the gym and/or using weights?

    4. Since you were primarily coached by your father in early days, till what age was he the primary coach and when did you move out?

    5. In the early years say till 12 yrs, what was the main focus - consistency, placement, power or technique? I see some people mention consistency first and some say power first while others are totally sold on picture perfect technique.

    More to follow later :)
     
  6. stringertom

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    Hi Filip!

    I was wondering if you have a take on Nick Kyrgios' recent success. You bested him in the JUSO QFs in a three-setter. Since then, he has won the JAO'13 title and now a Challenger (also in Oz). Does his success give you confidence that you are ready to make some similar headway in the near future?
     
  7. Vegito

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    A "friend" have this question:

    About these "rituals" that fans make watching a game on TV, believing this helps his favorite player. A couple of times this happened to me: someone interrupted me and since that moment my favorite player that was playing great start to fail easy shots in an incredible way, even he lost the match. Or he lost in the next match when I didn´t something. Then you think "He lost, it´s my/his fault" And thinks this affect the player in the entire season.

    As this and other things happened to me a couple of times, I want to know if you think this may affect something in the matches, or if when this happens it´s entirely coincidence.

    Please, answer this crazy question.
     
  8. DRII

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    Hey Filip,

    was watching the Murray/Donskoy match from IW. Donskoy's game reminds me of yours somewhat. Have you hit with him or know him at all?

    Good luck with the rest of the year!
     
  9. Seventeen

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    Holy hell - the kids in this video are damn good. Congrats.
     
  10. allez_mike

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    Apologies for getting off topic here but am I the only one who thinks this video is sped up? Either for time purposes, or perhaps other reasons?
     
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  11. The Meat

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    Seems pretty legit, never doubt kids being this good at their age. My friend's little brother can outhit and rally some college club players without too much problem and he's 12.
     
  12. Sweet-Spot

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    I'd be more worried about the music - Youtube will delete it if and when it detects copyright infringments. That being said. they have some serious potential!
     
  13. diddlysquat

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    Hi Filip,

    This is very encouraging news. My son is now 9 and has been playing tournaments for 6 months now and he has won only 2 matches and countless losses because he plays as you described when you were at that age, not worrying about winning and getting points, only trying to hit winners and trying different shots, basically not match smart. I oringinally had told him to play well and not focused on winning. For a while I had doubts if my advice was the right thing to say and possibly start having him focus more on winning but now I'm convinced we're doing the right thing. I think he like experimenting with his technique and doesn't cry or care if he wins or loses, I'm ok with that. Thanks for a great feedback! Hope to see you in a tournament in my area soon!

     
  14. urbanati

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    only the music is added, everything else is original :)
     
  15. Raz11

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    Hi Filip,

    What is it like playing on fresh new grass and worn out grass? Are they really as different as some people say in terms of bounce, speed and the footwork required?
     
  16. Fedex

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    I love table tennis. Here's a nice shot for you:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/video/2013/feb/22/behind-back-table-tennis-video

    Back to tennis, I follow Andy Murray being a Scot and the last thing Scotland is renowned for are tennis players so he is quite a phenomenon here.
    What do you think of his style and ability?
    Is this a player you would want to emulate and how close do you think he is to catching Djokovic in terms of quality and consistency?
     
  17. thejackal

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    was promoting my tech startup at a big audio/video systems trade show downtown and filip had a day off, so we caught up on things and tried out a few headsets. he's a big fan of anything music so it was fun times. as you can see below, in case tennis doesn't work out, he could always moonlight as a road construction working filling potholes around montreal or something

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    Any audiophiles in the house?
     
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  18. chatt_town

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    It's good you are hear. My question is this? How old were you when you started. Also, did you ever run into players as a junior or see players that started at say 15 or 16? My son it appears is somewhat gifted in that he could at least play college at some point. I say starting I mean he's been toying around with tennis, but he seems to like it now. I'm not one of those parents that's going to force him to go out every day in the summer and hit balls for 4 hours a day. It has to be something that he wants to do. So I was wondering if you ever saw any players that turned out descent after starting later. I'm not looking for my son to join the atp tour but if I can get him to the point where he can play for some college and I don't have to pay for it...then I'm all for it. :) Even if it's a real low end tennis college meaning the education is there but maybe the the tennis program isn't exactly great. :) You get the point though I'm sure. Good luck and I'm sure we all look forward to hearing from you here and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
     
  19. robert

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    How many junior players got sponsored by Canada tennis like you?

    Is it a debt that you need to pay later once you break even?

    Have you even hate tennis? If yes, how did you like it back again?
     
  20. Power Player

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    Yes - Kind of. I work in the music business, so I appreciate gear.
     
  21. Ronaldo

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    Remember the Stax SR-Sigmas? http://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/t-amp_morsiani_e.html
     
  22. thejackal

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    some seriously cool stuff at SSI. too bad Im pretty much a noob and coukdnt really appreciate what was there like a pro would
     
  23. Power Player

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    Yeah it is so easy to get sucked in..lol. I just use some $150 ATechnicas. The more time I spend with a speaker, the more I learn it, and can accurately shape a sound.


    Of course, for pure listening pleasure it is very easy to just drop tons of cash on amazing headphones.
     
  24. thejackal

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    filip ended up getting some free gear from PSB, and he's enjoying that.

    apparently he had 7 eggs, bacon and 3 bagels for breakfast this morning. livin the dream....(I told him it was a lot of food for someone who's riding the bench. He didnt find me so funny hahaha)

    got some footage of filip hitting some forehands with tennis canada coach guillaume marx (former ATP pro from France) after the epic doubles win earlier today

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=proxt_zbeOQ
     
  25. PCXL-Fan

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    Do you know of other pro players who go on forums to read about themselves, or even register? No need to go into specifics of who.

    We've always wondered and suspected it might be the case. There were some thoughts there were a few in cognito.
     
  26. KayFactor

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    How loose do you grip the racket when hitting a forehand? Can you describe it? do you hold it as if you were gently holding a bird?
     
  27. The Dark Knight

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    I have a question .....

    Federer has the most slams ever and clearly is the most succesful player if all time ....but is he the best?

    Is Federer a better player than Nadal given the fact that Nadal owns him in head to head ?
     
  28. beltsman

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    Give us some juicy gossip on the female hotties
     
  29. The Meat

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    What does this have to do with Peliwo?
     
  30. sureshs

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    The question is very relevant because we need to know how pro players look at this issue
     
  31. NoZak Djokovic

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    Bump as he has just got a wild card into the Wimbledon qualies. Let's hope he can get through
     
  32. beast of mallorca

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    Great news for Filip. Hope and pray he wins all his matches and gets to the main draw
     
  33. Nathaniel_Near

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    Relax folks, ...
    This guy is already 19, hoping he can make some big strides soon. I enjoyed reviewing his junior majors wins.
     
  34. Goosehead

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    so he needs 3 wins in qualifying at Wimbledon before maybe getting Federer on centre court when he opens the tourney at 1pm in two Mondays time :)
     
  35. NoZak Djokovic

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    Well he is through the first round with a straight sets victory. Very comfortable win as well. Filip to win Wimbledon 2013
     
  36. thejackal

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    well he saved 3 match points at 6-2 1-6 4-5 0-40 to win 9-7

    denis kudla next round
     
  37. Fuji

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    That match was unreal today! I'm so pumped for him!

    -Fuji
     
  38. falstaff78

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    Congrats Filip big win today! I'll be watching you tomorrow! You'll hear me cheering for you against Denis!
     
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    Good luck Filip P!!! We are all pulling for you. :)
     
  42. falstaff78

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    Hey guys. I watched Filip play against Denis today, and had the good fortune to interact with him personally. He is an amazingly generous, gracious and humble guy. I've created an OP about the experience, because I want it to reach the widest audience. Give it a read if you get a chance.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=467215
     
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  43. rh310

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    <Sigh> Who is "we" ?
     
  44. 2ndServe

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    big fan, good luck.
     
  45. Rokushio

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    Filip! It's great to have a pro in the forum, and also cool enough to chat with amateurs.

    I wanted to ask you what kind of training you do to stay fit?
    Gym? (do you focus on increasing volume?)
    Jogging?
    Sprint?
    Have you ever used the TRX training kit?

    I am expecting to see you in TV soon!
     
  46. stoneagle

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    filip: we are going to watch you at hollyburn, on july 27th - 29.
    I hope they put you in the grand stand; i also want to watch bobby reynolds.
     
  47. swedenparty

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    Thanks a lot for all your time, good luck! Maybe we'll meet sometimes:)
     
  48. dominikk1985

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    here are some answers.
     
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    Did anyone ask and not trying to start a fight.

    What level of men's player (high school, college, challenger, etc.) could beat a top 25 or top 10 WTA player?
     

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