WS NSW sends out huge congratulations to wheelchair tennis star Adam Kellerman, who recently achieved his highest world ranking of #13 earlier this month! Performing well in an ITF 1 tournament in Daegu, South Korea, Adam won an intense match against world ranked 14 Satoshi Saida 6-4 6-0, then shortly after faced Takashi Sanada, who was ranked number #10 in the world. Although Adam did not conquer the world #10 in a 3 set match of 6-4 3-6 1-6, the contest displayed his improved skill, ability and determination to strive for sporting excellence, moving him up to a world ranking of #13!
Currently, Adam is ranked #1 in Australia and after his recent success in international competitive wheelchair tennis tournaments has moved his world ranking from #16 to #13! This marvellous achievement is a testimony to Adam’s hard work, dedication and countless hours of training to achieve his personal best in wheelchair tennis.
Adam began his wheelchair tennis career just four months after picking up the racket in 2006. Gaining a spot on the Australian Junior Team, Adam strived on competitive tennis tournaments and events both at national and international levels. Throughout his tennis career, Adam has participated in amazing competitive opportunities overseas in Sweden, Poland, USA and the Paralympic Games in London 2012, with the future goal of representing Australia in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Wheelchair tennis has played an integral role in Adams development both physically, mentally and socially after gaining his disability from cancer in 2006. It is quoted by Adam that;
“Tennis made me feel like I had found something that made me normal again; playing with other disabled people who all had their own different, yet familiar, inspirational stories to tell. Wheelchair tennis gave me confidence, got me heart beating and my head dreaming again. Possibilities of what my life could hold: something to look forward to in the future”
Adam is a fabulous example of an athlete with a disability who overcame their doubts and fears, looked beyond their limitations and barriers and strived to achieve sporting excellence in a manner that compliments their personal nature both on and off the tennis court.
We wish Adam the best of luck and every success in his future wheelchair tennis endeavours and may your world rankings in both singles and doubles keeps improving!