Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. tennisaddict

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    Thank you so much for answering. It is great to hear this from a professional player.

    Are you generally able to shrug off a loss to a player whom you didnt expect to lose ?
     
  2. Power Player

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    True. The swing weight is pretty beefy though and he did mention he is messing with lead tape
     
  3. The_Steak

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    Hi Filip,

    I wonder if you could give us some commentary on your fitness regime. Obviously tennis player need to train to be strong, not big. Does this mean you do a lot of sprinting? What are some of the common exercises and type of running routines that you do?

    I know Murray for instance likes to run 10 400 meters in about a minute 30. How about you?

    -Thanks
     
  4. sureshs

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    That is because it is just 2 points HL.

    He mentioned that he has played against Raonic and Cilic.

    There are people who claim that pro serves cannot be returned with a SW of less than 350. You can't do better than Raonic in terms of serve (unless you are Karlovic).
     
  5. RogerRacket111

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    Welcome !

    How do you learn to win when your not feeling your best?

    How do you adjust strategies mid-match ?
     
  6. Beacon Hill

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    Thanks for the reply. Good luck in Mexico, and maybe see you next year.
     
  7. Lovely_Bone

    Lovely_Bone Rookie

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    I know this is a weird question, but man, I have a dream. Could you hook me up with Laura Robson?
    We're the same age, so it's not weird or anything.
     
  8. CCNM

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    I'm still trying to navigate this great sport. I know that there is a lot of discussions around the Web about the styles of different players ("Nadal is a grinder", "Federer's got the most beautiful game ever", "Everyone on the WTA is a brainless ball basher", etc). Do you prefer hanging out at the baseline or do you prefer to come to the net? I like a game where the player is covering every inch of his side of the court (watch some of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario's matches to see what I'm talking about).
     
  9. dgoran

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    Thank you so much for taking time to reply. let me tell you that you got another fan :)
    Btw Leather grip or stock grip? :)
     
  10. fpeliwo

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    There isn't really an explanation for it... I guess it just comes once you play a lot of matches, and get some experience in those situations. You just have to adjust to the circumstances and do whatever you can on that given day.

    I adjust my strategies depending on how I'm playing and how my opponent is playing on that day. Really depends on quite a few different factors.
     
  11. fpeliwo

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    Regular stock grip with a white Wilson Overgrip.
     
  12. swfh

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    Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions :)

    How do you go about playing an opponent that you have never played before? How do you find out his weaknesses, and then go about exposing them?
    Thanks
     
  13. Power Player

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    And you have played heavy hitters with stock weight which is very cool since it is a lighter stick. Its just all about how you hit and making that consistent contact out in front.

    I need to watch more of your matches but do you prefer the tighter patterns or would you go more open when the new 16x19 blade comes out? Personally it has always been a tough decision for me.
     
  14. Rjtennis

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    Good luck and thanks for coming on the boards. Hopefully, I will be able to catch one of your matches in the next few years. I have a question? From your experience what is the key thing that separates the very good and the best players at your level. Is it weapons, fitness, mental strength or just a combination of things? Thanks.
     
  15. Rubydo

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    That is really very informative, I often wondered how expenses compared to prize money.
     
  16. JacksDad

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    Congratulations on your 2012 Junior Grand Slams wins!

    At what age did you start overtaking your peers in terms of tennis development? What were the things that set you apart from your peers? work ethic? foot work? strategy? tactics? weapons? tennis IQ? mental strength?

    How did you develop your tennis IQ and mental strength?
     
  17. fpeliwo

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    I like to win points from every part of the court. If I have an opportunity, I'll definitely come in to the net to put it away.
     
  18. fpeliwo

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    I just focus more on my game rather than his. Eventually I figure out what he does well and what he is uncomfortable with. Once that happens, I play my strengths to his weaknesses. Pretty simple actually.
     
  19. Tammo

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    How true is it that 99% of players have a much better FH than BH?
     
  20. fpeliwo

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    I would say I started to play as well as I have been this year at Orange Bowl of 2011. I think that was the time that I my game really clicked.

    I guess you could say it involved a bit of everything. The work ethic definitely paid off, and the mental strength came with playing more matches. I was always very competitive, so that helped me improve at a quicker pace.
     
  21. fpeliwo

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    It really depends on what you are looking for. The tighter pattern gives a lot of control, and string durability, but feels a lot stiffer on contact than a more open pattern. If spin is what you're looking for, the open pattern is better (if you don't mind breaking strings more often)
     
  22. fpeliwo

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    I would say it's a combination of everything. There isn't ONE thing that makes the difference, you should just try to develop everything into a strength, as all the top guys are well-rounded players in every aspect of the game.
     
  23. fpeliwo

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    Not as true as you may think. They might hit it bigger, but that does not necessarily make it better, though it is quite often the case that the FH is the better side.
     
  24. Murray_fan1

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    Hi Filip,

    Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this. As a fellow Canadian just wanted to let you know we are very proud of your accomplishments this year and look forward to see what the future brings.

    I do have a couple questions for you.

    1. Have you always played with a Wilson stick or was this the racquet you chose based on a sponsorship offer?

    2. Any plans to go the Milos route and train on the clay in Spain?
     
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  25. fpeliwo

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    I used Babolat from age 10-13 and switched to Wilson for two reasons. I thought I needed a change from the Pure Drive, and Babolat did not want to give me a sponsor, whereas Wilson gave me a full sponsor.

    I'm not sure of that yet, it is a bit far away to be able to say for certain. There are many things I need to consider be I make that decision. I have been thinking about it though, and Spain is definitely an option for the future.
     
  26. Murray_fan1

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    What was it about the Pure drive other than the obvious sponsorship issue that made you feel you needed a change? Too much power? Hard on the arm?
     
  27. fpeliwo

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    Yeah the main reason was that I didn't like the racket anymore, as there was too much power. I had tried the Wilson KSixOne 95, and really liked it. The sponsorship came after I had tried it out, and definitely helped me decide on switching.
     
  28. DeFrank

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    Can You Ace The Rafa?
     
  29. fpeliwo

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    Haha I'm sure I can, although it definitely wouldn't be easy, or a common occurence.
     
  30. VeeSe

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    Hey Filip,

    As everyone mentioned, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! It is honestly awesome to see this.

    I have a couple questions for you:

    1) How big of a factor do you think size is for success in tennis? You're listed at 5'11"; do you think this is a big difference from being a little over 6' tall?

    2) Do you think everybody reaches a point (given that they work hard and have some talent) where their game just "clicks" as it did for you (you said that this happened in your teens)? What did that feel like for you? Were there opponents who you used to struggle with and suddenly were able to easily defeat?
     
  31. TheCanadian

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    How did you deal with cheating in the juniors and gamesmanship? How prevalent is it today in the juniors? Can you describe some instances? What did you make of Nadal's bizarre behaviour (bumping into Rosol) at Wimbledon? I'm amazed and disappointed that such childish little psychological games (Djokovic bouncing a ball 80 times, etc.) happen at the highest levels.
     
  32. surfvland

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    Congrats Filip. I think you've just amassed 10,000 Plus new fans.
     
  33. jeebeesus

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    You are awesome. I watched several of your finals. You got yourself a new fan .
     
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    can you beat serena?
     
  36. UKTennis

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    Hi Filip, this is a great thread, thanks for answering all these questions. We would absolutely love it if it would be possible for myself to gather some of these questions and answers, and use them for an article about yourself in our magazine? We would send you a copy as well of course. Do message me if you need any more details. Many thanks again.
     
  37. TheCanadian

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    Wow, they sure have egg on their face today! I had a partial sponsorship with Kneissl in the juniors and I wasn't nearly as good. Any way, if I were you this experience would leave a bad taste in my mouth re Babolat.
     
  38. thejackal

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    picking juniors to sponsor is like picking stocks as an investor. too many uncertainties, so you're bound to miss a few good players. that just comes with the territory.
     
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    I loved your dancing at Davis Cup ! LOL Great how the DC team welcomed you and Milos chose you as his hitting partner. I expect you will rise waaay up in the ATP rankings...you play really good tennis.

    See you on the live streams that everyone on this board watches.
     
  41. klementine

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    Hey there Filip!

    Nice of you to join. Just had two silly Q's for ya'.

    Favorite pre/post match meal??......

    How about music before a match?... Are you a rocker or a hip-hopper?

    Pasta, Steak and Slayer usually do it for me. :smile:
     
  42. fpeliwo

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    It was always tough to deal with that stuff, but you learn to manage it. You just have to focus on yourself and try not to take it personally, although it's not always easy to do that.

    Once you get to the highest level of juniors, it isn't very common, especially since we generally have chair umpires. It does happen quite a bit in lower level tournaments though.

    As far as Nadal bumping Rosol, I think it was well deserved, as Rosol was being very cocky and in Nadal's face. I don't think Rafa handled it well, and took it too personally, but I don't think any worse of him for it.

    Djokovic bouncing the ball 15/20/25 times, is annoying to the other players, but I think he was doing it more just to focus. It was his routine, and that's how he made sure he was ready for the point. I don't believe he was doing it to distract his opponents, but as with everything, I may be mistaken.
     
  43. TheCanadian

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    It seems giving a top junior a few racquets isn't much of an investment and the benefits are immense.
     
  44. sunny_cali

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    Slowing down of courts

    Welcome to the madhouse :)

    In general there has been a slowing down of surfaces over the years, leading to the preponderance of a certain type of play -- mainly baseline heavy.

    What are your views on this topic ? Has there been a deliberate attempt to slow down surfaces ? Would you rather play in the 90's which had radically different surfaces, promoting different styles of play, or the present surfaces are just great in your opinion ?
     
  45. TheCanadian

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    Really? It just seemed to me that Rosol was dancing a little before receiving (nothing out of the ordinary). The chair umpire didn't think Rosol was doing anything outrageous.

    I ask about cheating because I played guys who would call a ball out if it fell in the middle of the court on big points. I felt like crying many times but never knew what to do about it. I hope Tennis Canada and provincial federations have done things to improve junior tournaments in that respect. I don't know since I played in the '80's but I'm worried about my son.

    Last question, would you say your father taught you the technique you have today? And out of curiosity, does he have any tennis credentials? I recall Andrew Sznajder's dad coaching him and I think that's why Andrew was always technically limited (couldn't hit a slice BH, weird grip on serve), etc.
     
  46. jokinla

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    Back in my junior days, if we got hooked, we did just that, call the next ball out in the middle of the court, and then go get a lines judge. You've gotten your point back, and don't have to worry about it happening again.
     
  47. *Sparkle*

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    Good luck Filip with the tennis itself, and as you progress, handling the inevitable judgements from people who have noticed that you aren't (yet) in the top five, or not (yet) a slam winner! :D
     
  48. Rui

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    I didn't think so either. What I saw was that Rosol was having such a good time beating Rafa, smiling and celebrating winners, it was not surprising Rafa would be irritated at the lack of respect for beating a better player. Rafa shouldn't use physical contact to show disapproval, however.
     
  49. fpeliwo

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    Good questions!

    I generally try to eat light before a match, nothing too heavy. After a match I usually try to have a lot of pasta with some meat and veggies, although it does depend on what I'm craving at the moment :p

    As far as music goes, I'm definitely a rocker! I do like some hip-hop, but more of the older stuff, none of the new mainstream rap. My pump up song for a match, about 99% of the time is One Step Closer by Linkin Park. I do like almost any kind of rock though, including classic rock like Led Zep, Queen, and the Beatles, and also a LOT of 90's rock and alternative like Pearl Jam, STP and Our Lady Peace. Hope that cleared things up regarding the music I listen to :)
     
  50. fpeliwo

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    Yeah it does happen everywhere, especially at a younger age.

    My dad didn't have any background in tennis. He just played recreationally with friends. He tried to learn as much as he could about the game from known coaches and the top pros, and had me emulate a lot of those guys. I think he did a great job, especially considering how little experience he had. He was very strict about having a good technique on every stroke, and being able to develop everything into a weapon, which I believe was exactly the right approach.
     

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