BREAKING: Alayeto twins announce retirement: "We're never ready to say goodbye"
Mapi and Majo Alayeto have officially concluded their illustrious professional careers. The duo took to their shared social media platforms to make the announcement.
After this season, Mapi and Majo Alayeto will be hanging up their rackets. In a joint statement posted on their collective Instagram account, the decision was revealed:
"When we embarked on this 'hobby' back in 2009, we could never have fathomed the incredible journey this sport would take us on, nor the highs and lows we would experience along the way. A lifetime devoted to training and competing, and yet you're never truly prepared to bid farewell. However, the time has come for us. It hasn't been an easy decision, but it's one we've pondered and matured over," the pair wrote.
For years, the duo has maintained a dominant presence at the pinnacle of the padel world and even held the coveted top spot as the world's number one pair as recently as 2019. In total, they reigned as world number ones for an impressive four years.
Battle with Multiple Sclerosis
In 2021, Mapi Alayeto faced a challenging battle with Multiple Sclerosis, which led to her withdrawal from certain tournaments. The entire padel community rallied behind the global star in a show of support.
"We've shared incredible happiness, and now we move forward onto new personal and professional paths, wholeheartedly dedicating ourselves, as we've always done. We'll savor the remaining months of this year with the utmost intensity, squeezing every last drop of the court moments. Thank you for standing by us!" the pair continued.
The Alayeto twins will see out the remainder of the season in the World Padel Tour and Premier Padel circuits. Their impact on the sport will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy.