Ask me anything about being a professional tennis player

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  1. GRANITECHIEF

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    Hey Filip, welcome aboard the t-warehouse!

    Congrats on your US Open Jr. victory. Quick questions for you about the beginning of that event:

    I always feel the butterflies before leading up to the first match.

    What was your warm up before your first match and what do you remember about the first match!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tennishacker

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    Since you write so well, were you home schooled or attended regular school?

    Also, do you have any opinion on why the U.S. is so lacking in developing any top pros.

    Thks.
     
  3. fpeliwo

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    The warmup was the same as I would do before any other match. Keeping your usual routine keeps you confident about preparing properly, and helps you get rid of some of the nerves, as you are doing something that is familiar to you. Always need to make sure you break a sweat before you go on court, though.

    Regarding the match itself, I remember it being a typical first round. I wasn't playing my best, still a bit off rhythm and a little nervous. It was basically a match where I did enough to win comfortably, just made a lot of shots, didn't play any flashy tennis. First rounds are always tough in the sense that you don't usually play to the best of your ability and try to find your rhythm. As I got farther into the tournament, I started to play better and better.
     
  4. TheCanadian

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    Are you giving Nadal a break because he's such a huge star and Rosol a relative nobody? I can understand why you don't want to criticize to somebody like that publicly but to excuse it is a different matter. Especially since he had officials on hand to complain to and he was playing on centre court. I've got to say that if somebody bumped into me intentionally like that in the juniors, fists would be flying. You don't assault me and get away with it. I was happy Rosol handled it beautifully, though, and Nadal looked like a poor loser.
     
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  5. fpeliwo

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    I went to public school until I was 13, at which time I started doing it by correspondence, as I was missing to many classes when I was away at tournaments.

    As far as the US development goes, I don't think it is my place to make comments about that, as I am not familiar with their development program. I honestly don't know why they are in that situation.
     
  6. TheCanadian

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    I'm surprised you don't put any lead on your racquet. I thought most pros did.
     
  7. fpeliwo

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    As I said before, I wasn't making excuses for him, or defending him. I agree that he didn't handle it how he should have done, but at the same time Rosol was quite in his face. It has nothing to do with Nadal being a huge star. I think that Rosol did the right thing by showing Nadal that he wasn't scared, but in my opinion he went a little bit overboard. Either way, he deserved to win, as he did what he had to do in order to take the match.
     
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    I'm pretty sure most pros do. I just didn't want to change what had been working for me, and I didn't have a lot of time to experiment. When I have some time during the offseason, I'll be able to try it out a bit more thoroughly and see what works for my game.
     
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    Are there any good serve and volley players playing juniors?
     
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    I don't think there are any players that really play a classic serve and volley/chip and charge gamestyle. Quite a few do it often as a change-up, though.
     
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    That is a shame to hear i love the contrast in styles, although there seems to be fewer and fewer s and v players in the pros. There is still room for it in the modern game on fast indoor surfaces llodra and stepanek still do well. Good luck in mexico and the future i will look out for your matches.
     
  12. TheCanadian

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    He got into Nadal's head but within the limits of what's permissible, in my opinion. I mean, the officials didn't see anything worthy of notice. Nadal toweling off after every point, regularly abusing the time rule, and going through his elaborate rituals is more bothersome than a guy dancing around while waiting for your serve. Seriously.
     
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    Hi Filip,

    Many thanks for being the rock star of these forums. :)

    1. When you train, do you put more attention on developing your weakness (so it is less of a weakness) vs. sharpening your strength/weapon, or do you do it 50/50? What would you describe as your main strength, by the way?

    2. The serve (looking at your pic with the perfect pronation in the follow-through) - what would you especially highlight as a key to a good serve? Is there an element that you could recommend to pay the most attention to?
     
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    What's a typical day like for you when you're competing in the grand slams?
     
  15. TheCanadian

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    Do you want to share some favourite gamesmanship pet peeves with us? What bothers you most? The injury breaks to slow down the momentum?
     
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    This is riveting reading for 15 minutes, now I have become a fan and want to see you play and succeed. What inspired you to take this innovative move to interact with and build a fast growing fanbase? Does vocal crowd support inspire you to play higher level tennis?

    Also, will you still come to visit your fans here after you win your first ATP major title? (I know you will)

    Good Luck Filip Peliwo, you are now one of my favorite players, feel like I know you and you will make a good future champion for sport.
     
  17. The Dark Knight

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    Have you ever met Nadal Or Fed?

    If so what happened ? What are they like?
     
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  19. Power Player

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    Read the thread. He already answers this
     
  20. tistrapukcipeht

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    While you're at it:

    1- What would you do if Nadal purposely bumped into you on a change over?? (To me a despicable behavior of somebody in his status)

    2- I think Euginie Bouchard is the hottest WTA player, how have you not hit on her? Does she have a boyfriend?
     
  21. dominikk1985

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    Stop wasting his time about the nadal thing:D.

    Ask him about tennis:).

    Regarding your technique:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqY4tq8V09o

    your strokes look a little unsual, kinda abbreviated and wristy but still with a lot of snap. also they look relatively flat. Is that something you do on purpose to distinguish yourself from the other guys or just your style.

    do you think a lot about technique?
     
  22. fpeliwo

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    I would be pissed off about it for sure, and I'd definitely be vocal about it to him. I'm not denying that it was bad of him to do it. I just think that both guys went overboard with their mental games, including Rosol.

    I don't think it's my business or my place to be answering that about her, haha.
     
  23. LeeD

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    Good game...
    Strong SW grip, short violent swing, quick light feet, ala Courier and a young ElliotTelscher. Plenty of topspin for an attacking baseliner's game
    Is your coach working on making your serve more compact?
    Looks like you're still growing too.
    And don't hesitate to ask our help if you need a place to stay while travelling.
     
  24. The Dark Knight

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    Ummmmmm......ok .....

    Have you ever met Ivanovic? Any romance gossip you can talk about on the tour?
     
  25. sureshs

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    His swing is not short. It is just so much faster than you are used to seeing that it appears short to you.
     
  26. fpeliwo

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    I try to give myself the option of hitting any shot, so technique is important. That being said, I try not to think too much about it anymore, as that causes me to overthink my strokes and mess them up.

    You don't see it on tv from that angle, but there's a lot more spin on that FH than you think :p BH is quite flat though.

    I try to take the ball quite early, so that makes it a bit tougher to get a lot of spin on my shots, so I always get a lot more topspin when I stay a bit further back.
     
  27. fpeliwo

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    Never met her before :/

    Nothing that I know of.
     
  28. The Dark Knight

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    Agi Szavay slept over my house during the open. Dead serious. She is probably going to retire due to a back injury .:-(

    She is giving it 6 months . She may have spine surgery. I think she is done. :-(
     
  29. fpeliwo

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    Yeah we are still tweaking a few things with my serve, it's a work in progress.

    I am still growing, slowly but steadily. Thanks a lot for the offer by the way, I'll definitely keep that in mind!
     
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    I agree. I try to get a lot of acceleration with my shots, so it may seem shorter than it really is.
     
  31. LeeD

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    Not dissing you, but I watched both Elliot and JimCourier since they were junior players to when their careers ended with a series of minor injuries that led to decreased practice time. Elliot's strokes got longer as he got older, while Jim's stayed short, violent and compact, like these vids show.
     
  32. sureshs

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    Don't take LeeD's posts seriously. No one does.
     
  33. The Dark Knight

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    Szavay says sharapova is beatch. She doesn't say hello to anyone.

    She has a crush on Blake who she says is te nicest guy in the world.

    Fed used to be nicer ....still nice but a bit aloof now.

    Nadal she says is a sweetheart. Hugs everyone and really nice.

    Wozniaki also really a seeetheart

    Petrakozi.....very strange girl.
     
  34. fpeliwo

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    I think these days, it's really difficult to have a long swing, at the speed at which the game is played. It's important to have a loose, relaxed arm, but the swing itself should be somewhat compact.

    At the same time, a huge difference between a lot of the top guys and the lower ranked guys is racket head speed. Acceleration is really important, in my opinion, so if you are able to get a lot of racket head speed, while not putting in a lot of effort by keeping your arm loose, (therefore making it a lot easier to avoid injuries) you can do a lot of damage.
     
  35. LeeD

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    I think you misunderstand.
    I like your strokes. Like Couriers, and Elliot's. Both guys made top 4 in their time.
    Some player's, like Nalbandian, have longer strokes.
    Definetely hit the way you are doing, as it's working. I"m just wondering what your coach says about your serve motion, and it's effect on consistency when the days string together and the matches last longer and longer.
     
  36. AltiusFortius

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    Hello, what is your favorite tennis stroke?
     
  37. Power Player

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    This sure is nice to read. Lot of info, especially on technique nd strokes that I agree with, but it's nice to see a high level player verifying. Especially in terms of the relaxed swing. Definitely changed the game for me once I relaxed and got my arm loose. the racquet head speed goes up as well.

    Looks a like a lot of forehand spin coming off that 18x20 pattern in the Aussie Open link. That is the best of both worlds right there.

    I have a coach who has ATP points and he taught me a flatter backhand as well. Very similar to yours in some ways. Load up the weight on the front foot, lean into the shot and crack it. It seems like most pros are hitting the 2 hander this way, do you deal with any that hit with more top off that side?
     
  38. TheCanadian

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    What are your bh grips?
     
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    Have you ever hit against a top 4 player? If so, how did it go?
     
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    How much do players (in general) actually enjoy interacting with fans? Like signing autographs, talking, things like that. Sometimes I wonder if they don't get bored of it and only do it because they feel obligated to.
     
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    Haha sorry.

    Well we are trying to keep it more compact, to avoid unecessary movements. Still working on finding something I'm 100% satisfied with.
     
  42. fpeliwo

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    Probably the FH.
     
  43. fpeliwo

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    It's very rare to have a guy hit more topspin from his backhand. I have seen quite a few guys who hit their backhands better and bigger than their forehands.
     
  44. fpeliwo

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    Haha sorry responded to the wrong question here..
     
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    I'm not sure how other players feel about it. I'm sure they do see it partly as an obligation.

    Personally, I enjoy interacting with fans. It's always nice to hear words of support from them, and know that you are liked by the tennis community. I do see it as an obligation, in a sense, because I feel like I should at least sign an autograph to thank the fans for coming out to support me during my matches. It's really the least I could do to show my gratitude. It does get a bit boring (or rather, difficult to keep smiling for the camera, haha) if there is 50 people lined up waiting for a picture, but I still enjoy it. I feel bad if I leave anyone out, especially after they waited a long time to get one.
     
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  46. fpeliwo

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    Never have hit with a top 4 player.
     
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    I use a grip that is close to, or completely continental with my right hand, and a semi-western with the left.
     
  48. LeeD

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    Strong, flowing backhand 1hbh slice confirms that.....
     
  49. sureshs

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    Same as the forehand one - Wilson grip with white overgrip as he already said.




































    Sorry couldn't resist that one :)
     
  50. dominikk1985

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    actually he gives some of the best advice here in the forum regarding tennis tips (no kidding). you just have to plow through some crazy old mens stories to get to them:).
     

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