On futures you have 10 people watching if you are lucky: Interview with Filip Peliwo

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I watched you several times but for those that could not, describe yourself on tennis court: your best side and your weakness.

I would say my biggest strength is my ground strokes, returns, and my speed. I play at a very fast tempo, which puts a lot of pressure on my opponents. I like to stay quite close to the baseline to take the ball very early.

What is your favourite surface?

Hardcourt

Do you have a coach?

Nicolas Copin

Do you have any sponsor?

Lacoste and Tecnifibre

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Always listen to music before the match to zone out from outside distractions, make sure I’m sharp and ready to start with high adrenaline

Does cheering from the stands help to get you play better play or not? Especially in foreign tournaments.

Absolutely, I play with a lot of energy, intensity and adrenaline, so a good crowd can help me a lot. I love playing in front of big crowds!

Whom you don’t like to play (What style of game)?

I like to play everybody

And whom do you like to play (What style of game)?

No preference

What was the best match you’ve ever played?

Not sure, there are a few that come to mind. I would say beating Nieminen at the Masters in Canada was one of them. Started out nervous and didn’t play that well but came back and finished very very well

What is the weirdest thing happened to you on tour?

Tough to say, there aren’t many weird stories, pretty simple routine generally. Got a default to get my first ever futures title because the guy got sick

What is your favourite tennis player and why?

Pete Sampras, his serve was the best ever, always loved watching him compete against Agassi

Who is the toughest opponent you faced?

Nieminen or Delbonis

Your canadian mate Brayden Schnur chose to study and play NCAA : Did you ever think about this possibility?

I don’t ever think about it, I made the right choice going pro.

Which advice would you give to a young player who is starting to play Future tournaments?

Don’t be too intimidated by guys hitting hard, just fight as hard as you can and you will be surprised that a lot of the guys are not as difficult to beat as it may seem at first.

Describe the differences between ITF pro and junior tournaments (organization, atmosphere, courts etc)

The main difference is that higher up in the level of juniors you start to get more people coming to watch, and then you go to futures and have 10 people if you are lucky. You go back to the beginning and need to work your way up to get to the more rewarding tournaments

You have been junior #1 and multiple Slam winner: how much difficult is the transition from junior to pro?

Very difficult, it is hard to break through to the top level of pros, takes a lot of physical work and to get mentally strong. You can’t get away with mistakes against the pros like it is possible to do with juniors.

Your opinion about anti-doping programme: have you have ever been tested in competition or out of competition?

Yes quite a few times, only in competition. It is a necessary process in order to keep our sport clean.

Have you ever been approached (Skype, Facebook etc…) by someone to fix a match?

Never have been, fortunately

What do you think about the ITF and Challenger Prize money increase announced?

I think it is a good step in the right direction. The lower levels of the pro tour are difficult to make enough money to continue playing unless you get into some big atp events, so it will help players very much.

Your opinion about possible changes as no-let and no-adv.

I think those are terrible changes, it would ruin the game in my opinion.

Three things/rules you would change on Pro Circuit if you had the power.

Definitely would increase prize money for the lower tournaments. As far as rules go nothing comes to mind, I’m pretty happy with the way the game is played.

What is your schedule for beginning of 2015?

Futures mainly, until I can play more challengers.

What is your goal for 2015? Just stay healthy or do you have a ranking goal?

Stay healthy and get close to or into the top 100

What are your interests? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Very big on music, always enjoy that a lot. I generally just relax in my free time, usually am quite tired after training or matches. Either read a book or watch some movies/tv series

Your favourite movie?

Gladiator

And music?

Any kind of rock/alternative, anywhere from Foo fighters to Beatles to the Killers to Led Zeppelin

Thanks Filip!

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