Kellerman joins the big league
29-Jul-2013 12:00 AM
A star on the rise, Australian wheelchair tennis player Adam Kellerman advanced to the singles semi-final at the Belgian Open on the weekend but was unable to overcome the strength of eventual tournament winner Fernando Gustavo to progress to the final.
The 23-year-old from Sydney was full of confidence heading into his first semi-final at an ITF 1 Series tournament, having played the game of his career in the quarter-final to defeat world number 10 player Frenchman Frederic Cattaneo.
But Argentina’s Gustavo made light work of Kellerman as the 2012 runner up powered through the semi 6-3, 6-4 to progress to the final and his eventual tournament victory.
Despite the loss, the tournament was a big step forward for Kellerman, who is now ranked 23 in the world and is one of Australia’s brightest prospects for international wheelchair tennis success in the future.
“Despite losing I was very happy with how I played,” said Kellerman.
“The last couple of days have been the closest I have felt to how I was playing in the London Paralympics. I've been working hard to get back there and now that I am, I can build on that and take it further.”
Kellerman will next play at the Salzburg Open from 31 July – 4 August.