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The 2022 French Open is almost upon us and for the first time in a long while it looks like we have a competitive tournament on both the men’s and women’s sides of the draws.
French Open Betting Predictions
A whole host of players will head to Roland Garros this year with the belief that they could win the title. Last year it was Barbora Kreijeckova who caused one of the biggest upsets in recent times by clinching her maiden singles French Open title. This article will review some of our best tennis betting predictions and provide some names that you can keep an eye on.
Tennis betting predictions – men’s draw
The traditional big four of men’s tennis have had a stranglehold on the four majors for what has seemed an eternity. However, for this tournament, there will be many men in the draw who will be quietly fancying their chances. Starting at the top of the betting and the most obvious tennis betting predictions have to be focused on the prospects of both Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. Both have had mixed seasons.
Starting with Djokovic, his season was thrown into disarray due to his vaccination status and unwillingness to get his COVID vaccinations. His stance saw him removed from the Australian Open and the Serbian was also unable to compete in the Miami and Indian Wells Masters tournaments.
Djokovic’s season has kicked into gear following the European clay-court swing. Djokovic struggled early but has now found his form following a semifinal appearance in Madrid and by winning the Rome Masters. Djokovic beat some great players without losing a set. It looks like Djokovic is primed and ready for another deep tournament run.
Rafa Nadal is the king of Paris. The Spaniard has won thirteen times on the clay of Roland Garros and it’s hard to bet against him winning a 14th title. Nadal has had a poor clay-court season in comparison to his usual lofty standards. He missed Monte Carlo through injury, before quarterfinal and third-round appearances in Madrid and Rome.
Fans of Nadal would have been troubled by the appearance of a foot injury which clearly hindered his movement in Rome. Nadal will need to be fully firing if he is to mount a serious challenge at Roland Garros, he will arrive in Paris with serious questions to answer.
Ahead of the tournament, some experts are making brave tennis betting predictions that the French Open title could be on its way to young sensation Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz is still just 19 but has taken the tennis world by storm thanks to his victories in both the Madrid and Miami Masters. Now firmly ranked inside the top ten, many believe that Alcaraz is the future of the game.
Winning Grand Slam titles as a teenager is an incredibly difficult thing to do and despite his abilities, it will be interesting to see whether Alcaraz has the physical strength to advance through seven grueling rounds against some of the world’s best.
A man who will fly under the radar but should be at the forefront of any tennis betting predictions has to be Greek star Stefanos Tsitispas. Tsitispas is still only 23 but has been firmly knocking on the Grand Slam door. Many believe he should have won the tournament last year after being two sets up against Novak Djokovic. Tsitispas has had a great build-up to this year’s tournament having won in Monte Carlo and reaching the final in Rome. He will be a real contender.
Tennis betting predictions – women’s draw
When it comes to making tennis betting predictions in the women’s half of the draw the smart play has to be backing Polish star, Iga Swiatek. So who else has a chance of winning the women’s tournament?
Swiatek is on a stunning 28-match undefeated streak which has seen her win titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, and Rome. Swiatek has one Grand Slam to her name which came in the 2019 French Open. Worryingly for the rest of the field, she arguably plays her best stuff on clay and will be exceptionally difficult to beat.
World number 2 Paula Badosa would be a sensible pick when making tennis betting predictions. Badosa has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last year. Her balance of heavy-hitting and having an elite mentality has seen her rise to the very top of the game. Badosa is one of the best ball strikers on tour and has a great chance of another deep run after her quarterfinal appearance last year.
One of the bravest tennis betting predictions that some pundits are making this year is backing Ons Jabeur to be this year’s shock winner. Jabeur stands out in the women’s game as she has so much variety in her game. Capable of hitting all sorts of different shots, Jabeur is at home on the clay and if on the song has a great chance of causing some serious upsets.
Jabeur recently won on the clay in Madrid becoming the first African player to win a Tier 1 event. Jabeur has the ability to negate power with spins and ultimate ball control, she is a player all the top seeds will want to avoid.
Outside of Swiatek, the women’s draw is packed full of contenders. A dangerous player who will fly under the radar is former finalist Marketa Vondrousova. An outsider when it comes to tennis betting predictions, Vondrousova reached the final back in 2020 losing to Ash Barty in straight sets.
A tricky left-hander, Vondrousova has the game to be effective on clay, a talented player who has a lovely variety to her game she will be a danger to anybody she faces. Vondrousova’s season has been mixed and the talented Czech finds herself at 35 in the world but shouldn’t be underestimated in this year’s tournament. The odds of 50/1 are very appealing.