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Who Will Come Out On Top At The French Open Tennis?


The French Open tennis tournament, the second Grand Slam event of the season and the only one contested on clay, has started on the famous courts of Roland Garros in Paris. 128 men and 128 women began the first round with hopes of perhaps clinching one of the most iconic trophies in tennis in a fortnight’s time.

Ahead of them however lies seven gruelling rounds of competition, which many feel due to the nature of clay court tennis, is the most gruelling and physically demanding of all the four tennis majors.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the players that the bookies think stand the best chance of success at Roland Garros over the next couple of weeks, together with a tip that we feel is well worth a bet on both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

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But if you are thinking about a punt on the tournament, who are the players you should be looking at? Let’s take a quick look now as we preview both the men’s and women’s tournaments and come up with a bet that we feel has a solid chance of success.

French Open – Men’s Tournament

There are already two notable withdrawals from the French Open this year before the tournament even began. Roger Federer announced that he would once again not be taking on the challenge of the clay court Grand Slam as he attempts to remain physically strong for Wimbledon and the US Open later in the year. British ace Andy Murray was also ruled out as he recovers from injury. Then on the eve of the first round, controversial Aussie ace Nick Kyrgios also pulled out with injury.

This means that Rafael Nadal will start as the huge odds on favourite to retain the title he won once again last year for the 10th time in his career. Nadal’s dominance on clay has been apparent once again this season and it is little surprise that the bookies have him so far ahead of the other 127 players in the men’s draw.

Current Odds – Men’s Outright Winner with Coral

  • Rafael Nadal – 2/5 favourite
  • Alexander Zverev – 7/1
  • Novak Djokovic – 10/1
  • Dominic Thiem -12/1
  • Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Georgi Dimitrov – 33/1
  • Juan Martin Del Potro, Kei Nishikori – 40/1

There have already been some notable casualties this year, Stan Wawrinka, who reached the final last year and was the winner back in 2016, was eliminated in the first round by Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain, while 22nd seed Philip Kohlschreiber was also eliminated by Borna Coric.

There have been some strong performances in the first round too. Richard Gasquet, on home soil, produced some superb tennis to defeat Andrea Seppi 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, while Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Georgi Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev all produced solid first round displays winning relatively comfortably in three sets.

Looking at the men’s draw and the odds, Nadal is the clear choice as winner here and his dominance on clay and of this tournament in particular is such, that backing another player to win outright is somewhat foolish.

Instead, I’d look for an each-way bet on the men’s tournament on someone that could reach the final or who could perhaps pull off an unlikely upset if they meet Nadal earlier on in the tournament.  While second seed Zverev won’t face Nadal until the final and is likely a solid option, I think the third seed Marin Cilic may be a solid each way option, especially at odds of 33/1. Although the Croatian’s best surface is certainly not clay.

Tip – Maran Cilic Each Way – 33/1 with Coral Sport (Coral pay ½ of the stated odds if Cilic reaches the final but loses).

French Open – Women’s Tournament

Last year in the women’s event, a surprise outsider in Jelena Ostapenko shocked the world by becoming only the second non-seeded player ever to win the French Open. The Latvian was rated a 50/1 shot ahead of the tournament start and came from a set down to defeat top seed Simona Halep in what was a memorable final.

However, there won’t be any repeat of that success for Ostapenko who was beaten in the first round in the 2018 tournament. Other seeds tumbled including Brit Johanna Konta, America’s Venus Williams and Kristina Mladenovic in front of her home crowd.

With Serena Williams making her first Grand Slam appearance since having her baby, this promises to be an intriguing women’s tournament and is as open as last year’s event.

Current Odds – Women’s Outright Winner with Coral

  • Elena Svitolina – 9/2
  • Simona Halep – 5/1
  • Petra Kvitova – 10/1
  • Maria Sharapova -11/1
  • Garbine Muguruza, Daria Kasatkina – 12/1
  • Serena Williams – 14/1
  • Karolina Pliskova – 16/1
  • Caroline Wozniacki – 20/1
  • Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, Caroline Garcia – 25/1
  • Sloan Stephens – 28/1

While picking a winner in the male tournament is somewhat obvious, doing so in the women’s is much more difficult as this is a massively even event and any of the players listed above will feel that they have an excellent chance of taking the trophy if they can find their top form.

I’m struggling to see why Svitolina, who doesn’t have the best record at the French Open, is the favourite, albeit she has enjoyed a solid season on clay thus far. Simona Halep carries a lot of baggage following her meltdown in last year’s final and I think mentally, she struggles in the key games. I think Kvitova and Sharapova are both past their best and Serena Williams hasn’t found her top form since her return from becoming a mum for the first time.

That leaves the two 12/1 shots Muguruza and Kasatkina and 16/1 shot Pliskova as my choices here and I think of that trio Muguruza has the best all round game and is a previous winner here. The Spaniard does suffer from fluctuations in form a great deal but she is capable of putting it together and beating anyone on here day.

Tip – Garbine Muguruza to win – 12/1 with Coral