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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

    Real Tosin Member

    As if Paolo Maldini wasn’t already enough of a legend, the AC Milan icon is about to make his ATP tennis debut.
    That’s right. Despite being about to turn 49 he will compete at a tournament in Milan.
    The five-time European Cup winning centre-back will compete in the doubles alongside his coach at the Aspira Tennis Cup, an ATP Challenger Tour event, later this month.

    He and Stefano Landonio earned their place through a qualification event.
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    Ready for the Aspria Milano ATP Challenger

    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.
    After beating Liverpool in the Champions League final

    ‘Paolo’s gifted with a good serve in addition to some decent shots,’ he told the Tennis Italiano website.
    ‘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.
    Paolo Maldini lifting the last of his five Champions League trophies (Getty)

    ‘Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms of technique.
    ‘If he’d started working on his technique earlier, then who knows?’

    Maldini is due to make his ATP debut on June 26 – the same day he turns 49.

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