Paolo Maldini Qualifies for Professional Tennis Tournament

Maldini to star in Milan again at tennis

AC Milan great Paolo Maldini will make his ATP tennis debut in his home city later this month on his 49th birthday.

The Italian icon, alongside his partner Stefano Landonio, will take part in the ATP Milan Challenger in the men's doubles bracket.

In comparison, Maldini only picked up a racket after hanging up his boots in 2009, finishing a career in which he played more than 600 times for AC Milan and won a further 126 caps for Italy. Not bad for a 48-year-old.

As reported by ESPN, the ex-Italy global has received a wildcard for the doubles tournament, where he will be playing alongside his coach Stefano Landonio, a former professional tennis player.

"It was our first competitive match, although with Paolo we had already played in some exhibition tournaments", Landonio told UBI Tennis.

When asked if his partner could have had a successful career in tennis had he not been a professional footballer, Landonio answered: "It's hard to say".

"Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms..."

"Certainly in view of his background, he's got extraordinary mental and physical strength".

"He doesn't struggle in key moments and he is really strong".

Speaking back in 2015 to Sport360, Maldini said: "I have other interests and business outside of football so I just want to have my own schedule and see what real life is". I love it. I did boxing for three years and that was very nice.

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