Paolo Maldini hasn’t been slouching since hanging up his football boots in 2009.
The AC Milan great has instead switched his attention to tennis, with the Italian qualifying for the ATP Milan Challenger – a professional event – with doubles partner Stefano Landonio. Not bad for a 48-year-old.
The duo triumphed in the ‘rodeo’ competition at the Aspria Harbour Club, earning them a spot in the second-tier tournament.
“We knew we could play well. It was our first competitive tournament, but we previously played some exhibition matches with Paolo for charity activities,” Landonio told Il Tennis Italiano.
“Having started to play so late, just 5-6 years ago, he struggles a little bit on a technique level.
“Considering what he did in the past, he has amazing mental and physical abilities. Mentally he doesn’t struggle in the key moments, he is really strong.”
Maldini chalked up more than 600 appearances for Milan and 126 caps for Italy during a stellar football career, but maybe the achievements won’t stop there.
A Wimbledon wildcard, perhaps?