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French Open Betting 2020: Your Guide To The Best Free Bets, Offers, and More!

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.

French Open 2019 Recap

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.

French Open Betting Offers 

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When and Where is the French Open? 

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.

Roland Garros Schedule

Date Event
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

2020 French Open Men’s Singles Odds

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.

Novack Djokovic

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.

Player Odds Bookie
Rafael Nadal 10/11 bet365
Novak Djokovic 3/1 BetVictor
Dominic Thiem 3/1 Betfred
Stfanos Tsitsipas 14/1 Ladbrokes
Alexander Zverev 20/1 SportingBet
Daniil Medvedev 25/1 Betfred
Stan Wawrinka 33/1 Unibet
Felix Auger Aliassime 50/1 Betfred
Gael Monfils 66/1 Betfair
Andrew Rublev 75/1 888Sport


2020 French Open Women’s Singles Odds

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.

Player Odds Bookie
Simona Halep 7/2 bet365
Kiki Bertens 10/1 Black Type
Naomi Osaka 12/1 Coral
Serena Williams 16/1 Sportingbet
Jennifer Brady 15/1 Paddy Power
Bianca Andreescu 15/1 10Bet
Garbine Muguruza 15/1 Betfred
Elina Svitolina 16/1 Betfair
Karolina Pliskova 20/1 Boylesports
Sofia Kenin 22/1 Paddy Power

French Open Predictions & Tips

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.

French Open Men’s Tips and Best Bets

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.

French Open Women’s Tips and Best Bets 

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.

Tennis Betting Tips

French Open Live Streaming 

French Open live streaming gives tennis fans around the world the chance to follow along with the action in Paris. In our opinion, the best place to get your French open live streaming free of charge is at bet365.

You can watch all of their Roland Garros live streaming options simply by logging into a funded account.

UK users can also watch the French Open on their TV or online via ITV.

French Open Winners 

Men’s Singles:

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

Women’s Singles:

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

French Open FAQs

You may think you can win big with your French Open betting but it’s nothing compared to the players. The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s Singles get an eye watering €2,300,000!
If you want to make the most of the French Open final odds make sure to back a player who can cope with the surroundings of Court Philippe Chatrier.
The French Open is the only Grand Slam that takes place on clay courts. The courts at Roland Garros play pretty slowly and the balls bounce fairly highly which takes away much of the advantage of big hitters and power servers.
Unlike Wimbledon, players at Roland Garros are allowed to wear multiple colours but the event organisers have still be known to reject outfits. They did this in 2018 when Serena Williams tried to wear a catsuit.
If you’re following the French Open tennis live scores or watching the French Open live streaming you may wonder why the commentators refer to the tournament as Roland Garros. That’s because construction of the much needed tennis stadium in the 1920s was predicated on it being named after a World War 1 hero and it was decided to name it after Garros, a pioneering aviator and fighter pilot who died after being shot down in 1918.