Maldini suffers loss in pro tennis debut

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Former AC Milan and Italy player Paolo Maldini’s debut on the professional tennis circuit ended in defeat with a straight sets loss at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan on Tuesday.

Maldini and his doubles partner, 975-ranked Stefano Landonio, were easily beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Poland’s Tomasz Bednarek and Dutchman David Pel.

The 49-year-old had earned a place at the ATP Challenger tournament after winning a qualifier with Landonio – who is also his coach.

The Challenger Tour is one tier below the ATP World Tour.

Landonio, 46, has been Maldini’s coach since he retired from football in 2009.

Maldini was capped 126 times by Italy and played for AC Milan for almost 25 years after making his debut in 1985.

During a glittering career he won seven Serie A titles with Milan, as well as five Champions League/European Cup titles.