Adam Kellerman

Adam Kellerman (born 26 July 1990) is an Australian wheelchair tennis player.[1][2] When he was thirteen years old, he was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Ewings Sarcoma.[1][3][4] He represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the men's singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events. As of 21 July 2016 he is ranked Number 1 in Australia and Number 11 in the World for Men's Single Wheelchair Tennis.[5] He competed for Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[6]

Adam Kellerman
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Kellerman
Country (sports)Australia
Born (1990-07-26) 26 July 1990 (age 30)
Sydney, New South Wales
Highest rankingNo.8 (6 June 2016)
Current rankingNo.429 (25 September 2017)
Other tournaments
Highest rankingNo.14 (29 June 2015)
Last updated on: 21 July 2016.


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.[1][4] His medical condition left him in a state of depression that lasted for two years.[1][4]

He attended Masada College.[2][7] In 2010, he won the New South Wales Maccabi Sportsman of the Year.[4] For a brief time, he attended the University of Arizona before leaving university to pursue his tennis career.[3] 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.[1][3] As of 2012, he lived in the Sydney area[3] and was a student.[1]

Kellerman is right handed.[7] His father is the Northside Maccabi Football Club president.[3]

Wheelchair tennisEdit

Kellerman is a wheelchair tennis player.[1][7] When playing, he follows the same rules as his able-bodied counterparts except the ball is allowed to bounce twice.[7][8] He started playing tennis in December 2006,[1][3] and took up the sport full-time in 2011.[9]

Kellerman first represented Australia in 2007,[1] and was a member of Australia's junior national team in 2007 and 2008.[3] In 2008, he played some doubles matches with Ben Weekes.[1][3][9]

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.[1][2][3][7] 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.[3][7] In the last half of 2011 and first half of 2012, he participated in 21 different competitions.[3][7]

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.[1][2][7][8][10][11][12] The Games were his first.[9][10] He was twenty-one years old at the Games.[3][10] Prior to competing at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, he had only played wheelchair tennis for five and a half years.[3][9]

He made the round of 16 in the men's singles and doubles at the London Games.[13]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Kellerman lost to Gustavo Fernández (ARG) 0–2 (1–6, 2–6) in the Men's Singles round of 16 and in the Men's Doubles with Ben Weekes lost in the round of 16.[14]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Adam Kellerman". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Chen, Torin. "Adam the ace set for medal". North Shore Times. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Weiner-Maccabi, David (25 June 2012). "Wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics". NSW: J-Wire. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Faludi, Odile (23 August 2010). "Adam Kellerman – NSW Maccabi Sportsman of the Year". J-Wire. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
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  6. ^ "Paralympic glory in sight for Australia's wheelchair tennis athletes". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Chen, Torin (28 June 2012). "Adam's Paralympic dream". North Shore Times. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Paralympic dream comes true for Kendall tennis club player". Camden Haven Courier. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d "Tennis guru for Paralympics". Port Macquarie Independent. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Wheelchair tennis star Di Toro to represent Australia for fifth Games at London". Inside World Parasport. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Vergeer, Houdet and Wagner head entries for Paralympic Tennis Event | 10sBalls :: Tennis can't be Tennis without Balls". 10sBalls. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Quico Tur, Daniel Caverzaschi, Lola Ochoa y Elena Jacinto irán a los Juegos Paralímpicos de Londres" (in Spanish). Esto es DxT. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Adam Kellerman". International Tennis Federation website. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Adam Kellerman". Rio Paralympics Official result. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  15. ^ Pearce, Linda (25 November 2014). "Nick Kyrgios wins Newcombe Medal for top tennis player of the year". The Age. Retrieved 25 November 2014.

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