Le padel professional experienced a special year in 2023 with the acquisition of World Padel Tour by Premier Padel ending the war between these two circuits. But this year will also be marked by numerous international retreats as our colleagues from here explain to us Padel Addict. But that’s not all… 2024 could be a year with many more retirements, some of which are already planned.
6 top retired international players
- Mapi and Majo Alayeto: The twins marked the padel feminine. Mapi, was surprisingly courageous in fighting against multiple sclerosis and managing to return among the best players in the world
- Eli Amatriain: His last partner was the Frenchwoman, Léa Godallier. We hoped to see them finish the season together. Unfortunately, the Spaniard preferred to anticipate her retirement by announcing it during the Menorca Open.
- Pablo Lima: One of the best left-handers in history. Nicknamed the Prince alongside Juani Mieres, he was the eternal second behind the JMD / Bela pair. He also had King Fernando Belasteguin as a partner. Lima retired during the Madrid Masters. We see it here at Human Padel Open in Toulouse. (Pictures : PadelSingle, Emmanuel Téclès)
- Juan Martin Diaz: Known as “The Lord of Reflexes”, nicknamed for a time as “the Pope” of padel by some of the professional players, JMD retired after the Mexico Open at almost 48 years old. But his life in the padel is not finished since he will take charge of the Padel Pro League in the USA from 2024.
- Juani Mieres: After a seven-month break, Mieres played his last tournament at FIP RISE Ciudad de Cordoba. We will remember his association alongside Pablo Lima.
At least one retired French top player
Benjamin Tison also announced his international retirement, a surprise for fans and the community of padel since he seemed to be starting again with a vengeance at the end of the 2023 season alongside his partner, the most French of Spaniards, Aitor Garcia.
The undisputed French number 1 will take the lead at the high level padel within the FFT from January 2024.
It is possible that the French team will also lose an emblematic player in the coming days…
Updated 30/12 with the international retirement of Jérémy Scatena:
Another wave of retirements planned for 2024?
The world of padel professional is already preparing for another wave of retirements in 2024. Fernando Belasteguin has already announced it. Other big names like Miguel Lamperti could follow this trend if the results are not there. Sanyo, in a bad situation, hopes to revive quickly alongside Paquito Navarro. In the event of further failures, the Argentinian could consider ending his career.
Tito Allemandi, who turns 43 today and plays on the A1 circuit Padel will also experience a special year in 2024 and which will perhaps condition its future on Fabrice Pastor's circuit. After her separation from Tolito Aguirre, it is perhaps much more than the end of an adventure.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.