His mother and father
London 2012 Paralympic Games
Winning his first match at the London Games
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 aside 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 Paralympics. To qualify for the Paralympics Adam had to raise his ranking from 61 to inside the top 48 which he did in the first month of the year by beating number 6 in the world and 2004 Athens Paralympic gold medallist Robin Ammerlaan. By the time the London Paralympics came around in September his ranking was 23.
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 nutrtition after retiring from tennis