2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Kellerman
|Born||26 July 1990|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
Last updated on: 9 December 2011.
Adam Kellerman (born 26 July 1990) is an Australian wheelchair tennis player. When he was thirteen years old, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Ewings Sarcoma. He has been selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the men's singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events.
While dealing with his cancer, he developed an infection that resulted in the removal of his right hip which resulted in limited use of his right leg. His medical condition left him in a state of depression that lasted for two years. He attended Masada College. In 2010, he won the New South Wales Maccabi Sportsman of the Year. For a brief time, he attended the University of Arizona before leaving university to pursue his tennis career. During his time at University of Arizona, he joined Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and was very active in his chapter. He occasionally works as a motivational speaker. As of 2012[update], he lived in the Sydney area and was a student.
Kellerman is a wheelchair tennis player. When playing, he follows the same rules as his able-bodied counterparts except the ball is allowed to bounce twice. He started playing tennis in December 2006, and took up the sport full-time in 2011.
Kellerman first represented Australia in 2007, and was a member of Australia's junior national team in 2007 and 008. In 2008, he played some doubles matches with Ben Weekes. He won the World Team Cup 2010 in Antalya, Turkey. When attending the University of Arizona in 2011 his wheelchair tennis coach was Mick Connell.
At the beginning of 2012, Kellerman was ranked 61st in the world. By June 2012, he was ranked 29th in the world and number two in Australia. He had worked hard to improve his ranking over the course of the year because only the top 46 ranked players in the world qualified for the Paralympics. In the last half of 2011 and first half of 2012, he participated in 21 different competitions.
Kellerman was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom, in the men's singles and the doubles event where he teamed up with Ben Weekes. The Games were his first. He was twenty-one years old at the Games. Prior to competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, he had only played wheelchair tennis for five and a half years. He performed okay at the London Games.
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