Just a matter of weeks after Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem won the US Open in New York, the 2020 French Open gets underway in Paris.
As strange as it is to see the action at Roland Garros taking place in September, it wasn’t long ago that it looked as though the coronavirus pandemic would see the French Open suffer the same fate as Wimbledon and be cancelled.
Fortunately, many of the best players in the world including Rafael Nadal – the most successful player in the history of the tournament – are set to compete at Roland Garros so we have an excellent fortnight in prospect.
Take a quick look at the French Open betting odds and you’ll see that only a small fraction of those players have a genuine chance of winning.
Whichever player ends up victorious they’ll need to have plenty of clay court experience as this is the only Grand Slam played on the surface.
Rafael Nadal was an incredibly short favourite to win the 2019 French Open but the Spaniard showed just why he had been so well backed with another commanding performance at Roland Garros.
For the second year in a row, Nadal had to get past Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. The 2020 US Open champion tends to play his best tennis on clay courts but even he failed to make too much of an impact on the final with Nadal winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Simona Halep went into the 2019 French Open as the defending champion but was unable to make it past the quarter-finals. Halep was one of several seeded players who fell short of expectations.
That helped to open the door for Ashleigh Barty who took full advantage to win her maiden Grand Slam title. Barty had already announced herself as a world class player but it takes something extra special to get over the line in a Grand Slam and the incredibly talented Australian marked herself out as one of the favourites for every upcoming tournament with her performances in Paris.
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The French Open is usually the second Grand Slam tournament of the year but it’s all very different in 2020 thanks to Covid-19.
This year’s French Open begins on Monday, September 28 with the women’s final taking place on Saturday, 10 October and the men’s one day later.
The action takes place at the Stade Roland Garros which is in the west of Paris.
A lot of money has been spent at the venue recently including the installation of a roof on Court Philippe-Chatrier which will help ensure the 2020 French Open is completed even if the weather turns autumnal in Paris.
|Monday, September 28||1st Round Starts – Men’s & Women’s Singles|
|Wednesday, September 30||2nd Round Starts – Men’s & Women’s Singles|
|Friday, October 2||3rd Round Starts – Men’s & Women’s Singles|
|Sunday, October 4||4th Round Starts – Men’s & Women’s Singles|
|Tuesday, October 6||Quarter Finals Start – Men’s & Women’s Singles|
|Thursday, October 8||Semi Finals – Women’s Singles|
|Friday, October 9||Semi Finals – Men’s Singles|
|Saturday, October 20||Final – Women’s Singles|
|Sunday, October 11||Final – Men’s Singles|
Rafael Nadal is going to be the favourite in the French Open betting for the Men’s Singles for as long as he keeps returning to Paris.
The Spaniard holds the record for the most Roland Garros titles with an incredible 11 and he is the favourite in the French open outright odds in the Men’s Singles at a best price of 10/11 with Betway.
Nadal is in many people’s opinion the greatest clay court player of all time but he will face a number of tough challenges if he is to win title number 12.
The most obvious threat to Nadal is the resurgent Novack Djokovic (3/1 with Betfair) who is especially keen to win after he was defaulted from the US Open.
Dominic Thiem is on a high from his first Grand Slam title in New York but he is an even better player on clay than on hard courts so will attract support at 3/1 with Betfred.
|Felix Auger Aliassime||50/1||Betfred|
Has women’s tennis ever been in such a strong place?
The depth of talent in the game at the moment is frankly ludicrous with any number of players capable of winning even the biggest tournaments.
With the caveat that some big names – including defending champion Ashleigh Barty – are missing, as many as 15 or even 20 women have a genuine chance of making it to the final which makes French Open predictions very tough for the Women’s Singles.
The bookies have largely gone with the seeding and world rankings to compile their Women’s Singles French Open betting odds but with plenty of shocks expected that provides value away from the favourites such as last year’s winner Simona Halep and the greatest of all time, Serena Williams.
|Kiki Bertens||10/1||Black Type|
|Jennifer Brady||15/1||Paddy Power|
|Sofia Kenin||22/1||Paddy Power|
Can you look past Rafael Nadal in the French Open odds for the Men’s Singles?
Nadal is the best clay court player in the history of the sport and whilst he hasn’t played much tennis recently he remains the man the others have to beat.
The competition know that and many are beaten before a ball is even struck in anger so Nadal is a worthy favourite.
That said, there is a growing feeling among tennis fans and experts that this could be the year where Nadal’s flag is finally lowered at Roldan Garros.
Dominic Thiem is only getting better and his combination of technical class on the clay and incredible physicality could see him over the line.
French Open betting tips for the Women’s Singles are fraught with more danger than the Men’s Singles many punters are already happy to throw their weight behind the favourite, Simona Halep.
Kiki Bertens (10/1 with Betfred) is another player to seriously consider.
The Dutch star is a very hard worker who really comes into her own against world class opposition when playing clay court tennis and has every chance of a Grand Slam breakthrough in 2020.
Away from Nadal and Thiem, one player it may well pay to have onside Stefanos Tsitsipas at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
The young Greek star suffered a really bad choke in the US Open but has an excellent swashbuckling, powerful game and will learn from that tough lesson.
One player to keep your eye on in the Women’s Singles is Elina Svitolina (16/1 with Betfair).
At 26 she is very much coming into her peak years as a tennis player and has the guile and skill to maximise her quality on the slow clay courts in Paris.
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2019: Rafael Nadal
2018: Rafael Nadal
2017: Rafael Nadal
2016: Novak Djokovic
2015: Stan Wawrinka
2014: Rafael Nadal
2013: Rafael Nadal
2012: Rafael Nadal
2011: Rafael Nadal
2010: Rafael Nadal
2009: Roger Federer
2019: Ashleigh Barty
2018: Simona Halep
2017: Jelena Ostapenko
2016: Garbine Muguruza
2015: Serena Williams
2014: Maria Sharapova
2013: Serena Williams
2012: Maria Sharapova
2011: Li Na
2010: Francesca Schiavone
2009: Svetlana Kuznetsova