Christopher Lees

Aussie Kellerman goes down in wheelchair tennis in Rio

ON A scorching hot day in Rio de Janeiro, Australia' Adam Kellerman went down swinging against Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez in the wheelchair tennis.

Kellerman lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, late Monday night, Australian time.

"Gustavo played really, really well, he's a great player and unfortunately I didn't have enough today to beat him," he said.

Kellerman said he tried to take the Argentinian out of his comfort zone.

"I was trying to create some angels but he's a big power player which made it difficult and the courts suit his game," he said.

Although the crowd was small there was plenty of loud support for the Sydney-based player.

"It was really great, it really carried me through having my family and friends there," Kellerman said.

This is Kellerman's second Paralympic Games, and he said there were inspirational people everywhere you looked.

"I really get inspired every day just by the people around me," he said.

 At 13, Kellerman was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer and required surgery.

He eventually had part of his hip removed, after more surgeries and infection.