Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. fpeliwo

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    Well I don't think I will need to change anything, I just need to keep improving every aspect of my game in order to develop into a well-rounded player.

    Equipment wise I might try to add a bit of weight to my rackets with lead tape.

    I use Luxilon Original strung at around 54 lbs, depending on the stringing machine.
     
  2. thejackal

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    That would be interesting...in many ways. Trainwreck waiting to happen probably.

    On another note Filip's already up to 30 posts in less than a day. Maybe he's looking to get to #1 on TalkTennis post ranking first? Haha
     
  3. fpeliwo

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    I think that Novak does it better :p

    I'm just going to keep working hard on and off the court, on every aspect of my game, and take it step by step. Nothing super specific really.
     
  4. JustBob

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    Tell Vacek and Fred not to be so darn loud when they practice, it's very distracting when you're trying to play a match on the adjacent court. ;)
     
  5. fpeliwo

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    That will definitely be something I will keep in mind. I'll try to keep this up to date with my tournament schedule.
     
  6. sundaypunch

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    Congratulations for all that you have achieved. You will have a lot of people here rooting for you now.
     
  7. nissrro

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    Hi Filip!

    what is your schedule like for the rest of the year? which tourneys are you going to try play

    Thanks!
     
  8. thejackal

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    Appreciate your response. Saw a couple matches of yours on YT and I am a big fan of your playing style. Thanks!
     
  10. beast of mallorca

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    Well, as a tennis fan, hope and pray for your success in the tour. Hope you get up the rankings soon ! Maybe you're the glue that will unite the Rafa and Fed fans here in TW :)
     
  11. Tammo

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    I have been tracking the junior slams and happy to see you do well.

    Would you mention TTW to other players/juniors? :)

    Best of luck in the future.

    EDIT: who is your friend (if they have an account?)
     
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  12. Avles

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    Hi Filip,

    Thanks for doing this-- really classy and a nice opportunity for everyone here.

    My question: when (and how) did you realize that pro tennis was going to be your career?
     
  13. jokinla

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    Are you excited to play DY, an easy win wouldn't hurt?
     
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    If you played federer/nadal/djokovic right now in a proper match, how many games would you win in 1 set?

    do players generally get along in the locker rooms? or is there tension/cliques behind the scenes?
     
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    Hi Filip,

    Thanks for joining the board. We'll all be rooting for you now.
    Stop by the tips and instruction forum someday if you have time.
    Good luck on your climb up the rankings.
     
  16. thejackal

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    hey cheetah, my folks live in san diego and I usually spend the winter months there. what level do you play? might be able to get a hit in this december
     
  17. TheCanadian

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    So before moving to Montreal how many hours did you spend on court with your dad? Do you remember? I have a son and I'm curious to know how much time I should be spending with him on a court. I assume that your results must have been very impressive in the juniors nonetheless if Tennis Canada invited you to train in Montreal. What was your ranking as a 12-year-old, for example? How good do you need to be for Tennis Canada to invite you to its training centre?
     
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  18. Cheetah

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    5.0. Let me know. I'm always looking for new people to play. I can play any day any time.
     
  19. TennisNinja

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    Damn I remember seeing you come down to Washington for a few tournaments a couple years back and just wrecking all the top guys.
     
  20. leroy_sunset

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    I saw your Wimbledon match this year. You're one hell of a player. I think you can go really far if you apply yourself.

    If you're still answering questions: did you see the Rosol/Rafa match this year? Thoughts? Do you dream one day of an upset like that?

    I've always said "any top 200 player, on his best day, can beat any top 10 player." Here's hoping you get your shot!
     
  21. Lovely_Bone

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    Okay Filip, after reading your replies, this is what I really am wondering. What is it like trying to return Raonic's serve!? I literally can't imagine it. I've never seen Milos in person, but I was aball kid, and spent a lot of time talking to, and being around John Isner, but unfortunately I never hit with him or anything.
    That being said, I did see his serve coming towards me, and it was horrifying! I can't picture what it would be like standing even closer up than I was and actually trying to make contact with a serve like that lol.
    Isner is about as close to Raonic in service power that I can think of aside from maybe Karlovic.
    So again, with all of that in mind, what is it like returning something like that? Does it almost knock the racquet out of your hands? I would LOVE to get a couple shots at returning a Raonic or Isner serve someday.

    Thanks, Kieran
     
  22. fpeliwo

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    I honestly have no idea how many games I would win, I guess it depends on what kind of day I'm having.

    I haven't seen much as we don't usually share lockers with the pros, but for the most part they seem to get along.
     
  23. fpeliwo

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    I would get in about 3 hours if I was lucky. I think that around that age 3-4 hours is the right amount.

    In u12 Nationals I made finals, and won u14 Nationals, so I was always on their radar. After I made semis of the u14 Orange Bowl they ended up inviting me.

    I don't know exactly what their criteria is for inviting someone. Generally if they are interested, they bring you in to train at the center to test you out, and if they like what they see, they will invite you.
     
  24. fpeliwo

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    It was definitely a lot bigger than any other serve I've returned, although I managed to get it back more often than I thought I'd be able to. It's a really heavy serve, but when I got my racket on it I was doing a decent job of keeping it from flying way out.
     
  25. Rock Strongo

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    What eating habits do professional tennis players have? Do you focus on eating healthy or indulge in all that's good thinking you'll train it off? Also, is there anything you avoid eating (or drinking) entirely?
     
  26. thejackal

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    In case you haven't seen the video, I was watching milos practicing with seppi, first row on the grandstand at the Open this year. Almost got hit in the face with a first serve. This'll give you a pretty good idea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsd-yL1Zx58
     
  27. citybert

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    What are your thoughts on the mental game on the tour. You always hear a lot of pros saying that the game is mostly mental and that all the players in the top 100 are pretty equal skill and athletic wise.

    And how are you preparing and conditioning your mental game for the upcoming tour.

    Good Luck and all the best! Hope to see you in the top 10!
     
  28. wy2sl0

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    No questions, just want to say as a Canadian we are very proud of you, Milos and the other Canadian guys. Best of luck in the rankings, and congrats on the two GS wins.
     
  29. TheCanadian

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    So before moving to Montreal as a 14-year-old you only spent 3-4 hours a WEEK on court playing tennis? That's quite unbelievable. Did you play any other sports? Did you even at that stage have a fitness regimen?

    There's a scientific study on elite athletes that finds their brains are wired or structured differently from others that allows them to perform better during clutch-times or when the pressure is high. That paper speculates that that's one of the key differences between elite athletes (the outliers) and those who remain members of the pack, the journeymen. What is your mental attitude when it's 5 - 5 in a fifth set tie-break? What do you tell yourself? What do you try to accomplish? How do you play the big point? I note that Djokovic tends to go for broke on big points. When he succeeds he's lauded as a mental giant, when he double-faults (as I've seen him do on match point), he gets called a choker. In my view, Djokovic is an example of a player who just plays big on crucial points, that's just his personality, that's just his style. What are your thoughts? How do you play somebody like that who you know will go big on crucial points? Let's say you have a match point against Djokovic and you think he's going to start slapping balls left and right, what do you do?

    Lastly, what did you think of the Rosol-Nadal match? People (okay me) were expecting a journeyman like Rosol to come down to earth and fold like a cheap tent in the fifth set and realize that he's playing a tennis god. In other words, to choke once he realized the magnitude of the occasion. Instead, he showed Nadal that he wasn't intimidated by him and didn't hesitate to pull the metaphorical trigger. I was deeply impressed. What did you make of that performance? Were you stunned like the rest of us? Why isn't a guy like Rosol in the top 20? He obviously has the shots and the swagger/attitude.
     
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  30. NLBwell

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    FP, good to have you here on the boards. I've seen some of you matches on youtube. You have a really nice game and I hope you can continue to improve and get to the top.
    Very nice of you to answer all these questions.
     
  31. Mister drool

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    I have a question

    But first, i also welcome you to the forum (i'm new at this too), and may you wisdom be more of a light to us all.

    my question is:
    Do YOU get all the girls?

    (what guys, it had to be asked... it is important!!!)
     
  32. gatorbait01

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    Filip,

    Thanks for this thread. It's awesome to hear your replies. Good luck in the future, I'll be rooting for you.
     
  33. Beacon Hill

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    Hello Filip,
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    You'd know some of the players
    You'd be the crowd favourite
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    Thanks,
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  34. fpeliwo

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    No I meant I played 3 hours a day, if I was lucky, although usually it was closer to around 2-2.5 hours. I played soccer from a young age, until I was about 14 years old, at a pretty high level actually. I did do some fitness in a training group at my club, and I was quite active outside the gym and tennis courts.

    Usually on a big point, I try to take control of the point as soon as possible. Basically I try to to play as aggressive as possible, but in a way that I am comfortable that I will keep the ball in the court. Generally speaking, the best way to play those points is to control them, rather than letting your opponent dictate. That way you win or lose because of how you executed. Most of the top guys won't let you off the hook if you just play tight and too safe, so it's better to not give them any opportunity to use their weapons to hurt you. This obviously does not apply to every situation, as sometimes it might be better to just rally and wait for a mistake. You really have to assess the situation and adjust to whatever gets thrown at you.

    As far as Rosol is concerned, I think that you have to look at his average level, mentally as well as with his game. I've seen him play matches where he couldn't hit more than 3 shots in the court. Basically, in my opinion, he played the best match of his life, where he saw and hit everything perfectly and clean in the center of his strings. He was going for broke on almost every shot, as he had literally nothing to lose in that match, and everything to win. I really doubt he will play another match like that again. He has weapons, obviously, but when it comes to playing like that day in, day out, he won't be able to do it. When he begins to have expectations (This goes for anyone in that situation) he will end up playing tighter, and not play as loose. He'll start to think more about what he has to lose, as you saw in the next match after he beat Rafa. He had beaten Nadal, so now he thought he should be doing even better against the other players. That really brought out the nerves, and brought his level back to his average game. He just isn't able to bring out that kind of level consistently, which is the reason he isn't ranked higher. As far as I know, that is the only time he has ever played that well...

    Once again, as I said, it's all about how you can play on a daily basis, because everyone has those days where everything goes perfectly. It's a matter of how well someone can play consistently, because about 90% of matches are played at the person's average level, so that is what you should judge a player's ability by.

    Of course, I'm not saying Rosol will never be in the top 20, I'm just stating why he is where he is now. He played at his absolute best, to beat Rafa, who probably was not playing his best, in five sets. Had he played at his highest level against Rosol, I think that he would have beaten him handily. This is not taking into account the amount of pressure he had. If Rosol was a top 20 player, there would be less pressure, and he would be able to play a bit more loose. I am not making excuses for him, just stating my personal opinion and experience.
     
  35. fpeliwo

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    Unfortunately I won't be back in BC for a while... Possibly next year though!
     
  36. fpeliwo

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    Been getting more attention since Wimbledon, but tennis always comes first. :p
     
  37. beast of mallorca

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    Who introduced you to the game ? What's your favourite surface to play on ?
     
  38. fpeliwo

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    My father used to play with some friends for fun. I would watch, or hit against the wall for hours. I've always loved it, so I just asked my dad if I could try playing when I was about 4.5 or 5 years old.
     
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    Do you prefer Nadal or Federer? Are Nadal and Soderling on silent bans? And do you think you will get a WC into Montreal?
     
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    Well done for all your success in the Junior Grand Slams and ending the year as no.1. What's your favourite surface to play on?
     
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  41. fpeliwo

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    I would say hardcourts, but I did enjoy the Wimbledon grass quite a bit.
     
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    Perhaps Filip could comment on this, but Uniprix Stadium is an interesting place to train for pros/juniors because aside from being the home of Tennis Canada and the National Training Center, the courts there are public. I made a joke about Vasek (Pospisil) and Fred (Niemeyer) being too loud when they practiced, but it's not uncommon to be playing right next to these guys/girls when they are practicing.

    I'm not sure how players feel about it, but I believe the atmosphere is pretty relaxed and people are pretty respectful around players (read, they don't get mobbed by fans). They seem pretty approachable as well if you don't overdo it and respect the fact that they are there to work and have a schedule to follow. I've struck up random conversations with a number of coaches/players there including Alex Wozniack and her dad, who's a pretty funny guy (he started talking to me and I didn't know who he was!).

    I congratulated Filip on his Wimbledon win (he came on court with his partner and coach as I was finishing), but since that was probably the 1,236,805 time someone said "well done!" to him, he probably doesn't remember. ;)
     
  43. TheCanadian

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    Okay, three-hours per day makes more sense. For a 10-year-old, Gabe Jaramillo recommends 10 hours per week of drills and 10 hours per week of match play and 5 hours per week of conditioning. I take it that that seems right to you, although you didn't get as much tennis at that age and still became number 1 junior in the world.

    http://www.gabejaramillo.com/manual2.html

    Can you recommend some tennis books? How important was proper technique to you and did your dad basically develop the technique you have today?
     
  44. AmbiDexter

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    Great to see you here Filip
    Tak trzymaj! pozdrowienia z Polski
     
  45. above bored

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    Hello Filip

    What racket do you use, do you have them customised and what is your opinion on companies marketing new rackets with the paint job rackets that pros use?
     
  46. cluckcluck

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    How do you perceive American tennis? Specifically how the USTA runs their "player development" program compared to your country?
     
  47. Please read back on the thread first before you ask questions as he has already answered the first part!
     
  48. seattle_1hander

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    Hey Filip...

    Have you given any thought to the fact that you may be entering the ATP tour at perhaps the most perfect time imaginable? In all likelihood, you won't peak for another 5 to 7 years. And at that time, when you are the best player you could possibly be, Djokovic/Nadal/Murray/Federer will be long gone or close to being gone. With the current crop of players a few years older than you (Raonic, Dimitrov, Tomic) it looks as if it's going to be WIDE OPEN for anyone to make a decent run. There won't be a big 4 stranglehold like there is now.

    So all in all good sir...you are looking at a GOLDEN opportunity. I wish you all the best.
     
  49. sureshs

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    Interesting that you play with the stock Wilson BLX Blade 98.

    It is 11.3 oz strung with a strung SW of 335, per TW specs.

    Should be an eye opener for the club players here who cannot play with anything less than 12 oz and 350+ SW and think that all pros are in that range or above.
     
  50. Squidward

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    Welcome Aboard Filip!

    I watched some of your play on YT, Very Nice Indeed!

    I'll be following your game to see how it goes, Good Luck!!!
     

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