Quick Facts

How acquired
Cancer
Disability
Physical Impairment – Limited movement in right leg
Sport
Wheelchair Tennis
Date of Birth
July 26, 1990
Home
St Ives, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2007
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

His mum and dad

Career Highlights

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

Greatest Moment

Making his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016

Bio

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 on-court experience under his belt, Adam debuted for Australia on the junior circuit, before turning his attention towards selection for London 2012.

To qualify for London, he needed achieve a top 48 ranking. Defeating sixth seed and dual Paralympic gold medallist, Dutchman Robin Ammerlaan in January 2012, by June he had surged to number 29 in the world, effectively securing his place on the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team.

Defeating Swede Peter Vikstrom 4-6, 3-6 and Saida 3-6, 2-6, Adam was the only Australian left standing when he took on the Netherlands’ Ronald Vink in the 1/8th final, going down 3-6, 2-6.

St Ives local Adam teamed up with Ben Weekes in the doubles, impressing with a 2-6, 1-6 win over Poland to progress to the 1/8th final.

Outside of tennis, Adam enjoys learning about nutrition, with hopes of pursuing a career in it following his retirement from sport.

Sports & Disciplines

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