Author: Tony MacDonald
2015 French Open
Published: 12:32 18/05/2015
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The second Grand Slam of the season begins on Sunday 24th May with the world's best tennis players hoping to make it through to the final, which for the women's singles will be on Saturday 6th June, one day before the men's final on Sunday 7th June.
There are sure to be plenty of twists and turns along the way in the baking heat of the Paris clay courts and if you're planning a bet on the action, find out how you can claim a £50 free bet on William Hill to help your French Open betting bank go that bit further.
2015 French Open Men’s Singles Betting
Rafael Nadal has a phenomenal record at Roland Garros with a record nine men's singles titles to his credit, earning him the name the 'King of Clay.' But the Spaniard has not been living up to his billing this season, with losses to Andy Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters and Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semis, before dropping a match to the inconsistent Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open last week.
Will Nadal bounce back and defend his crown or could we be about to see a new winner of the tournament?
So far the French Open is the only Grand Slam to elude Novak Djokovic, despite the Serb twice making it to the final. The World No.1 has not lost a match on clay this season, claiming the aforementioned Monte Carlo Masters and Italian Open only last week. Having beaten Nadal and Roger Federer to lift those titles, Djokovic will be hoping to end his long wait for glory at Roland Garros and is widely considered the man to beat at 4/5 in the outright betting at William Hill.
Andy Murray finally broke his duck on clay when beating Nadal on the way to claiming the Madrid Masters and having bypassed the Italian Open, the Scot will head to Paris fresher than the majority of his rivals and with renewed confidence that he can succeed on the surface.
One player that can never be easily overlooked despite being in the twilight of his career is Roger Federer. The Swiss is a 5-time finalist at Roland Garros and lifted the tropy in 2009, so with a kind draw may be able to go deep into the tournament once more.
David Ferrer reserves his best for clay and could do well if avoiding the big guns, with Kei Nishikori far from a forlorn hope and the locals will be roaring on 150/1 outsider Richard Gasquet.
2015 French Open Women’s Singles Betting
Maria Sharapova's recent French Open performances suggest that the fiesty Russian will be difficult to beat once again in 2015. The 28-year-old has made it to the final in each of the past 3 years and was crowned champion in 2012 and 2014, so her victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro in the final of the Rome Masters on top of a semi-final finish at the Madrid Masters suggest she is more than ready to defend her crown.
In spite of the apparent Sharapova threat, it's Serena Williams who heads the betting at 11/4 with William Hill and tennis fans will be hoping that the long-standing rivals meet in the final once again. In 2013, Williams won her second French Open title, beating Sharapova 6–4, 6–4 and the American has already claimed the Australian Open this year, though doesn't always produce her best form on clay.
Aside from the 'big-two' there are viable outsiders for the French Open including last year’s finalist Simona Halep and 2013 semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka. Halep plays a similar game to Williams, but still has something to prove given her head-to-head record against the others at the top of the WTA Tour, especially in major tournaments.
Azarenka has slipped down the rankings after an injury-hit season in 2014, where she missed the French Open with a foot problem. She'll be the one they all want to avoid being drawn against in the first round and could be a real dark horse for the tournament, with Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki also worthy of each-way consideration.
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