NSW athlete Adam Kellerman had a prosperous day on the tennis courts of Eton Manner on Sunday breezing through a round one doubles match before progressing to the third round of the singles with an upset win over 13th seed, Japan’s Satoshi Saida.
Partnering Ben Weekes in the doubles, the pair breezed past their Polish opponents Albin Batycki and Kamil Fabisiak, 6-2, 6-1.
But it was the 6-3, 6-2 win over Saida that had Kellerman buzzing the most.
“I had a good strategy and I thought I could do it,” he said. “I’ve not played him before in singles but I’ve watched him and I’ve played him in doubles. The coaches got me all fired up. I believed I could do it. It’s all coming together for this event.”
Kellerman revealed that his work with a sports psychologist had helped him learn to relax and “react point by point rather than think about what’s coming next”.
Kellerman’s next match is against world No.4, Dutchman Ronald Vink.
“I’ve played him a few times and I’ve never beaten him so we’ll have to see what happens,” he said.
In the doubles, Weekes and Kellerman produced a confident first up performance.
“It went good,” Kellerman said. “We were working out a few things to lead further into the tournament so we did take a bit longer than we could have. We played well.
“I’m enjoying having my family around and a lot of Aussie supporters and I enjoy playing in front of a big crowd.”