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***The 17 year old from Vancouver BC has won 14, 16 and 18 Canadian singles titles and two doubles title. His ITF ranking will be in the top 20 at the end of the year and has reached 850 ATP ranking. Felip is the poster boy for the National training center in Montreal and is seen by many as the next Canadian superstar.***
ONcourt: How long have you been in Montreal at the National Center and how helpful has your stay been there?
Filip Peliwo: This is my third year and I have to thank Tennis Canada for where I am now because they provided the training and travel opportunities I could not have had in Vancouver.
ONcourt: If you had to name a few persons who have helped you achieve your present level of performance, who would they be?
Filip Peliwo: 1. My parents have always supported me and my dad was my coach.
2. Guillaume [Marx] and Joycelin [Robichaud] who are my current coaches.
3. Kieran Foy, my fitness trainer.
ONcourt: Tell us how you have come to make the decision of going pro rather than college?
Filip Peliwo: I am 90% sure I am going to go pro, I feel ready as I have had good results in juniors and the pros. I feel confident in my game and I am in a great environment in Montreal to succeed.
ONcourt: What do you think are the assets that make you “special”?
Filip Peliwo: My game is all around very solid and I’m developing weapons to go with my natural speed and good hands [Editor’s note: We believe what makes Filip special is his belief and attitude, which is already that of a pro].
ONcourt: What are your objectives as a pro and what will you have to do in the next three years to be on the way to fulfilling your dream?
Filip Peliwo: The ultimate goal is to be the top in the world, but I will set yearly progressive goals to get there.