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Paolo Maldini is going to make his professional TENNIS debut

The Italian legend has qualified for the Aspria Tennis Cup and will play in the doubles

If you thought Conor McGregor changing sporting codes was the strangest thing of the past week, check this out.

AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini has qualified for his first professional tennis tournament.

Yes, you read that right.

The footballing hero picked up his racquet for the first time six years ago, and has since shown he wasn’t just talented with his feet.

Maldini will make his professional debut at an ATP Challenger tour event in Milan next week, earning a wild card for the Aspria Tennis Cup.

He will play doubles alongside his coach Stefano Landonio in the doubles.

Landonio is a former professional himself, and told the Tennis Italiano website Maldini has earned his right to be at the event.

He said: “Paolo’s gifted with a good serve in addition to some decent shots.

“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.

“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?”

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