Having had a stellar, trophy-laden football career with AC Milan, Paolo Maldini sadly couldn’t convert his success on the field to the court.
In fact, the evergreen Italian’s tennis carrer has lasted just one game after he took a serious thrashing in the first round of his first ever professional tournament.
The former Azzurri captain was thrashed 6-1, 6-1 in a doubles match with partner Stefano Landonio in the first round of the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan. The duo lost to Poland’s Tomasz Bednarek and Dutchman David Pel.
Still, the 49-year-old managed to remain philosophical about the whole thing, in the way only a sophisticated gentiluomo could be.
It was like writing a poem after studying years of maths.
We tried to enjoy the moment, because I didn’t expect I’d be able to experience something like this at my age.
Ironically, on the very first point of the match I pulled a muscle.
It was a unique and unrepeatable experience, I have lived it as a game and there will be no other experience like this.
Maldini claims he won’t be returning to the world of tennis, choosing to cite dodgy joints instead of abject humiliation.
Hey man, we believe you. Honest.
I play once a week, I come from another sport, I have physical problems with my knees and a series of limitations due to the inevitable wear and tear caused by football.
Also, I don’t have much time available.
Cancel that Wimbledon Centre Court parking space, Paolo.
The dream’s over.