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The French Open is almost upon us and the excitement is building ahead of what looks to be one of the most fascinatingly poised Grand Slams in a long time. With both the men’s and women’s draws looking wide open we review some of the best French Open odds ahead of what will be another superb tournament.
Tennis betting odds for the Men
The favourite for the men’s side of the draw as world number one Novak Djokovic who can be backed at around 13/8. Due to his vaccination stance on COVID, this will be Djokovic’s first Grand Slam of the year. Djokovic is the defending champion and will be looking to join Rafa Nadal on 21 Grand Slam titles. He heads into the tournament in great form having won the Rome Masters. After a tough start to the season, it looks like Djokovic is starting to peak at the right time.
French Open odds of 9/4 for a thirteen-time French Open Champion look a little on the big side but Rafa Nadal heads to Paris with some nagging question marks over his fitness. After a strong start to the season, Nadal has been left frustrated by a rib injury and now it looks like he has a foot injury to contend with. Considering the Spaniard’s dominance at Roland Garros it would be wrong to overlook Nadal’s chances but he has questions to answer and doesn’t arrive in top form.
A man that has flown to the top of the betting is actually still a teenager and has taken the tennis world by storm. Carlos Alcaraz is the future of men’s tennis and his wins in both Madrid and Miami show that he is a star destined for the top. His French Open odds of 7/4 demonstrate that the bookies believe that Alcaraz can capture his first Grand Slam title.
His form is up there with the very best on offer but question marks will persist over whether he has the physical strength to win over seven gruelling rounds. Grand Slam wins for teenagers are exceptionally rare and although Alcaraz is a cut above the rest, this year’s tournament might have just arrived a little too soon.
At bigger French Open odds a player who has some great clay court form in the book is the Norwegian player Casper Ruud who can be backed at 18/1. Ruud has made the breakthrough this season and now finds himself in the top ten. Ruud spent his youth training at Rafa Nadal’s academy and is at home on clay. He reached the final of this year’s Miami Masters losing a great match to Carlos Alcaraz. Ruud looks ready for the next step and will be a tricky man to beat.
Another at big odds who could be worth backing is the diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Schwartzman has a good record at the French Open and has French Open odds of 50/1. He reached the semi-finals back in 2020 losing a great match to eventual champion Rafa Nadal. Consistent, quick and a real threat on clay, odds of 50/1 look really appealing.
Tennis betting odds for the Women
When reviewing French Open odds on the women’s side of the draw, there is no better place to start than current world number one Iga Swiatek. Swiatek is on a breathtaking 28 match win streak having won tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and now Rome. Whilst the tennis world was rocked by the sudden and shock retirement of Ash Barty, Swiatek has been quick to capitalise and with French Open odds of 11/10, she is the undoubted favourite.
Swiatek was a winner of the tournament back in 2019, it’s her only Grand Slam to date and there has to be a great chance that she can double that tally here. Beyond Swiatek, the women’s draw is incredibly open.
A player who has made giant strides in recent times is the Spanish player Paula Badosa. Badosa has French Open odds of 12/1. The current world number two, Badosa has had a mixed time of it on clay this season. Despite some promising displays, Badosa has yet to advance past the quarterfinals of any clay-court tournament this season. A devastating ball-striker Badosa will be a match for anyone this year and represents some real value at 12/1.
Another dangerous player in the draw has to be Maria Sakkari. Sakkari has the perfect game for clay. A great mover, her spin-based game will cause anyone in the draw a problem. Her clay court season has been poor by her lofty standards, but Sakkari is a big game player and will be looking to land her biggest career prize over the next fortnight.
Simona Halep has now entered the twilight of her career but should never be written off. French open odds of 7/1 currently make the Romanian the second favourite for the tournament. Halep won the tournament back in 2018 and her counter-attacking style is perfectly suited to the clay courts in Paris. As Halep has slowed down she can sometimes find herself overpowered by some of the biggest hitters in the game. As a fighter, players will need to be at their very best to beat Halep, if they aren’t she has a great chance of another deep Grand Slam run.
Barbora Krejcikova is another player that shouldn’t be overlooked. The defending champion, Krejcikova announced herself as a singles force to be reckoned with by shocking the tennis world by winning last year’s tournament. To repeat the feat Krejcikova can be backed at 18/1. The Czech has been dogged by injuries this season and it’s unclear if she will even take her place in this year’s tournament. If she does she won’t be scared of anybody in the draw.
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