Former top-ranked junior to join respected coach in Barcelona

Toronto, October 24, 2013 – Tennis Canada confirmed Thursday that former junior world No. 1 Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) will be teaming up with Spanish coach Galo Blanco, who will begin coaching 19-year-old Peliwo on a full-time basis on November 15 in Barcelona.

Peliwo, who captured the Junior Wimbledon and Junior US Open titles last year, is one of Canada’s top up-and-coming talents. In his first season as a professional, he has climbed from outside the Top 500 to a high of No. 251. A member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Montreal for the past four years, Peliwo will now join Blanco at his home base and academy 4SlamTennis in Barcelona. Blanco will travel with Peliwo on a full-time basis and will work as a team with Louis Borfiga and Tennis Canada national coaches. The Montreal NTC will also offer Peliwo supplemental training as needed.

“Galo is a very well-respected coach, who has enjoyed a lot of success throughout his career,” said Borfiga, vice-president, high performance, Tennis Canada. “We are very happy to have him back with the Tennis Canada team and are excited to have him continue his great work with Filip, who has an immense amount of potential.”

Blanco also coached top-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) for two-and-half years from late 2010 to May 2013, helping him rise from outside the Top 200 to a high of world No. 13.

After concluding their off-season training in December, Peliwo and Blanco will begin the 2014 season in Australia. 

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