Merchant of Tennis caught up with Filip Peliwo after his recent success on the ITF tour in Egypt where he reached the finals in 4 tournaments and took home 3 trophies! We caught up with him to chat about his goals and how is doing.
Q: When and where did you start playing tennis?
A: I first started playing tennis at a public park in north Vancouver when I was four years old.
Q: When and how did you decide that you wanted to make a playing tennis your career?
A: I decided that I wanted to be a professional tennis player at around 8 or 9 years old, after watching Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi play over the years.
Q: How would you describe your tennis game?
A: I would describe my game as an aggressive all court player. I like to play really fast and early.
Q: What is one aspect of your game that you’re continuously trying to improve?
A: Everything. There's always something to improve.
Q: Over the past few weeks in Egypt you have been able to win 3 tournaments. Can you talk about how that feels and what has changed in your game? Are you more confident now?
A: I'm certainly playing more consistently. The main reason is that I'm finally healthy again, and able to play a few weeks in a row without having to take time off. Have managed to get a few matches in at the futures level before the tour in Egypt, so mentally was able to be sharp in the big moments. The confidence is definitely moving up.
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Q: Can you talk about the challenges of playing on the professional circuit?
A: I would say that the biggest challenges of playing on the circuit are staying healthy and playing consistently. You need to constantly be making sure your body is in top shape, avoid any/all injuries that you can, and maintain a high level of play/results throughout the year. Otherwise you plateau.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: My proudest moments have been in 2012, making four Slam finals, winning two, finishing no.1, winning a match at the Rogers cup in Montreal in 2013, and competing against Belgium in Davis Cup during the summer of 2015.
Q:Have you set goals for this year and what are they?
A: I certainly have goals ranking wise, but I prefer to maintain my focus on keeping my body healthy and strong, and to continue to improve my game and compete to the best of my ability. When I do that right the results come soon enough.
*Photo's provided by Filip Peliwo.
|Tennis Idol?||Pete Sampras||Forehand or Backhand?||Both|
|Fitness or Practice?||Practice||Hard or Clay Court?||Hard Court|
|Favourite tournament to watch?||Grand Slams & Rogers Cup||Favourite Canadian Sports Team?||Vancouver Canucks|
|Ice Cream or Cake?||Ice Cream||Pizza or Pasta?||Pasta|
|How many languages do you speak?||English, Polish and learning French||Favourite Vacation Destination?||Australia|