Currently the second highest ranked Australian wheelchair tennis player in his class, wheelchair tennis superstar Adam Kellerman was aiming for a podium finish at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Defeating Japanese competitor Satoshi Saida 7-6, 5-1 in the 1/16th final, Adam went down in straight sets to Argentinian Gustavo Fernandez in the 1/8th final.

Then, teaming up with Ben Weekes to contest the doubles, they worked hard to force a third set in the 1/16th final, dropping the first and third 5-7, 6-3, 3-6 to Polish rivals Kamil Fabisiak and Tadeusz Kruszelnicki.

Adam first discovered wheelchair tennis at 16, off the back of a cancer diagnosis in 2003, and an infection in his right hip bone soon after. Undergoing 19 operations and 10 rounds of chemotherapy over two years, doctors decided to remove part of his pelvis, resulting in limited movement in his right leg.

With just five months of …

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Date of birth
26 July 1990
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Limited movement in right leg
How acquired
St Ives, NSW
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2010 ITF World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey

Greatest sporting moments

Making his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016

Heroes/role models

His mum and dad


  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Open
  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Doubles Classification: Open

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