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AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini to compete in ATP tennis tournament at age of 49

Discussion in 'Tennis' started by Real Tosin, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Real Tosin

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    Former A.C. Milan footballer Paolo Maldini is about to make his ATP tennis debut after securing a wild card for an ATP Challenger as he won a competition in his home city. Already 48-year-old the AC Milan icon has turned his hand to the world of tennis and has secured qualification and will compete in the doubles alongside his coach at the Aspira Tennis Cup, an ATP Challenger Tour event, later this month

    The AC Milan legend had 24-year spell at the club to become the second longest in Italian football history, coming only behind compatriots Francesco Totti who had a 25-year spell with A.S Roma. Maldini had 126 caps for his country and captained the side a total of eight years. He won seven Serie A titles and five UEFA Champions League titles

    After retirement, Paolo Maldini told Sport360 in 2015: “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 can enjoy my family because I had been away for so long. I play tennis now. I love it. I did boxing for three years and that was very nice. It’s a hard but great, great sport. I really love the training aspect of it

    After coming through a qualifier in Italy with Stefano Landonio who functions as his coach partner and also his coach, the duo won the traditional ‘rodeo’ competition this weekend at the Aspria Harbor Club, which will host the upcoming 40,000-euro Challenger tournament.

    The winners of the competition are granted entry into the main draw. Which gives Maldini the opportunity to make his debut at the second-highest level of professional tennis on the clay of the Harbour Club Milano.

    Landonio told Tennis Italiano. "The conditions were good for play, it was our first competitive engagement, but with Paolo we had already played some performances for good events.”

    While it seems quite incredible that Maldini could compete at that level considering his age and late arrival to the game, Landonio has revealed the talent the one-club man has with a racket in his hand.

    Speaking to Tennis Italiano, Landonio said: ‘Paolo’s gifted with a good serve in addition to some decent shots. ‘He’s also improving his volleys and while he may not be catching the eye in any particular part of his game, he does not have any weaknesses either.
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    He added: "Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms of technique," Landonio observed. "If he'd started working on his technique earlier, then who knows?

    "Certainly in view of his background, he's got extraordinary mental and physical strength. Psychologically, he never suffers in the slightest in delicate situations - he's really strong."

    Maldini is due to make his ATP debut on June 26 the same day he turns 49. How far do you think Maldini can go in this competition? Have a say, drop your comments below.
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