Maldini to star in Milan again

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Former AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini qualifies for a professional tennis tournament, eight years after retiring from professional football.

The iconic defender is making his debut in a professional tennis event, having won qualification to the ATP Milan Challenger along with partner Stefano Landonio in the men's doubles. Not bad for a 48-year-old.

The cliche that some things, like a fine wine, only get better with age, may be trotted out rather liberally nowadays, but in the case of Italy and AC Milan's ageless former captain Paolo Maldini, the saying couldn't be more apt.

Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009. It was our first competitive tournament, but we previously played some exhibition matches with Paolo for charity activities.

"Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms..." Considering what he has done in the past, we know that he has wonderful mental and physical abilities.

Maldini played nearly 650 games during a 24-year playing career, as well as amassing 126 caps for Italy. Mentally he doesn't struggle in the key moments, he is really strong'. 'I play tennis now.

He will celebrate his 49 birthday on the opening day of the Aspria Tennis Cup Tournament, June 26.

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