The former AC Milan and Italy captain is set to make his debut on the professional tennis circuit eight years after retiring from football.
Former Italy and AC Milan footballer Paolo Maldini has qualified for a professional tennis tournament on the ATP Challenger tour. The Challenger Tour is the tier below the top-level ATP World Tour, which features the best players in the world.
Maldini, who was awarded a wild card for the Aspria Tennis Cup Challenger event in his home city, progressed to the professional rounds proper after having won the pre-qualifying tournament with friend and coach Stefano Landonio. Landonio, 46, was once ranked 975 in the world and has coached Maldini since he retired in 2009.
Maldini spent 31 years with AC Milan, 24 of them as a professional, winning seven league titles and the Champions League five times.
The pair will compete at the Aspria Tennis Cup, a Challenger Tour event in Milan which begins on 29 June.He will be 49 on the day the Aspria Tennis Cup begins, with 16 doubles pairings competing on clay.