Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Limited use of right leg
Wheelchair Tennis
Date of Birth
July 26, 1990
St Ives, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


His mother and father

Career Highlights

2010 World Team Cup in Turkey

Greatest Moment

World Team Cup singles match against Thailand


Wheelchair tennis star Adam Kellerman is one of the great stories of unerring determination and will to succeed. Having recovered from cancer and a severe infection in his leg, Adam is now the highest ranked Australian wheelchair tennis player and top 15 in the world with his eyes set on a medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

At the age of 12, Adam started experiencing pain in his right leg and, as time wore on, the pain grew worse. In 2003, he had a scan which confirmed he had a tumour in his right hip. Adam soon commenced chemotherapy, which was an incredibly difficult period for the teenager and his family. Post surgery, he developed an infection in his hip bone that lasted longer than the cancer itself. It eventually resulted in the removal of half his pelvis.

Adam found wheelchair tennis at the age of 16 which gave him confidence, making him feel alive again and excited about the possibilities that lay in front of him. After overcoming the initial challenge of moving the wheelchair Adam has gone from strength to strength and after 5 months of playing he was chosen for the Australian junior World Team Cup team to compete for Australia in Poland and Sweden.

Adam has been selected for the Australian World Team Cup team every year since 2007 and has competed each year side from 2011 when he was pursuing a degree of physiology at the University of Arizona. In 2012 Adam paused his studies to prepare for the London Paralympic Games.

To qualify for London 2012, Adam had to raise his ranking from 61 to inside the top 48 which he did in the first month of the year by defeating number six in the world and 2004 Athens gold medallist Robin Ammerlaan. By June 2012, he was ranked 29th in the world and number two in Australia, and had participated in 21 different competitions. By the time London 2012 came around in September, his ranking was number 23.

Adam was selected to represent Australia at London 2012 in the men’s singles and the doubles event, where he teamed up with Ben Weekes. While he did not medal at the Games, he made the 16th round in both events; a huge accomplishment considering he had only played the sport for five years.

Adam is based in Sydney and is coached by Joe Kubizniak as part of the Tennis Australia National Academy and NSW Institute of Sport. Aside from tennis Adam is a nutrition fanatic, with plans to study nutrition after retiring from tennis.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: WT
  • Sport: Wheelchair Tennis Disciplines: Doubles Classification: WT