Canadian junior tennis star Filip Peliwo going pro

Filip Peliwo hits a return to Liam Broady during the junior boy's singles final at the U.S. Open in...

Filip Peliwo hits a return to Liam Broady during the junior boy's singles final at the U.S. Open in New York, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2012. (EDUARDO MUNOZ/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Canadian junior tennis sensation Filip Peliwo is set to make a living from the sport.

The 18-year-old from Vancouver, who won two junior Grand Slam titles this summer and will finish the year ranked No. 1 in the world, will start his professional career later this month at an ITF Futures Tour event in Toronto.

"I think I'm very ready to begin the transition in the Futures," Peliwo said Monday during a press conference in Montreal. "I've already been doing it the last year and half. I know I can get to the top level if I keep working and stay healthy. I'm excited to see how the next few years go.

"It feels good actually, now that I don't have to worry about the juniors. There are not as much expectations as there is in junior. I'm still the underdog. I'm ranked (609th). I can just play my game, learn as much as a I can and try to get a few wins. I'm looking forward to it."

In addition to winning the U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles, Peliwo also played in the final of the Australian and French Opens.


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