Photo Credit to: Susan Mullane
Written by: Filip Peliwo blogging for ITF Juniors
***Reigning ITF Junior World Champion Filip Peliwo continued his impressive spell of form on his transition to the senior tour by winning his first ATP Tour-level match against Jarkko Nieminen this week in Montreal, where he was one of five Canadians to reach the second round. Blogging for ITF Juniors, 19-year-old Peliwo discusses the surge in fortunes of Canadian players and considers the possibility of playing a role in September’s Davis Cup semifinals in September in his latest post.***
I have been a hitting partner for the Canadian Davis Cup team in the past but I have absolutely no idea at the moment if I’ll have a specific role to play in the semifinals against Serbia in Belgrade. I would expect the team would probably try to keep the same routine and I’ll probably be going as a hitting partner again but I’m not 100 per cent sure what’s happening with that as I haven’t heard from the team yet. We’ll see.
If I do go to Belgrade as a hitting partner I’ll just try to prepare the team, keep them in good spirits as much as I can and just keep the run going. It will definitely be a great experience for Canada to be playing against Serbia, who won the Davis Cup before a couple of years ago, and something I’d be really excited about if I were to go.
The team is playing really well at the moment and reaching the Davis Cup semifinals is something that everyone is proud of and ecstatic about. All the guys have been working hard to achieve something like this. We weren’t even in the World Group two years ago and if someone told us then that we’d be in the semifinals after beating Italy and Spain (even though it wasn’t Spain’s No. 1 team it was still a good team) I’m not sure we would have believed them.
The guys always believed they had it in them and I think deep down they knew that they could do it, but to be able to put it together like they have was tough to imagine. I’m very, very happy about it – I’m sure the team are as well – and they’ll be hoping to keep it going. I think this is the start of a good run for Canadian Davis Cup and Canadian Tennis. Hopefully it’s just the beginning.