New Balls Please: Milan Legend Paulo Maldini Qualifies For Professional Tennis Tournament

New Balls Please: Milan Legend Paulo Maldini Qualifies For Professional Tennis Tournament

As if Paolo Maldini wasn’t already enough of a legend, the AC Milan icon is about to make his ATP tennis debut.

Maldini, now working as a director at Miami FC, qualified by wild card in the doubles event in the weekend long Aspria Tennis Cup, part of the challenger circuit, the level below the ATP.

Stefano Landonio who reached a career-high ranking of No 975 in Tennis was in full of praise for the Italian and revealed the Milan man has got the ability on the court that he maintained on the football field.

Eight years after retiring from professional football, one of the greatest defenders to have played the game is set to go pro on the tennis court. “It was our first competitive tournament, but we have previously played in some exhibition matches for charity”.

Former AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has qualified for a professional tennis tournament.

“Paolo has a good serve, along with some decent shots”.

Maldini, who won 26 trophies with Milan, will celebrate his 49th birthday on June 26 when the pairing are scheduled to play in the first round.

“Considering what he did in the past, he has awesome mental and physical abilities. Psychologically, he never suffers in the slightest in delicate situations – he’s really strong”.

In addition Maldini earned 126 caps for Italy, although he retired from global football before his country experienced glory at the 2006 World Cup.