The French Open is the second grand slam event on the tour, and being one of the biggest events, it is great for free bets and betting offers, which are available during the tournament and before.
We are counting down the days to the 2023 French Open, with the event beginning on Sunday May 28, and ending on Sunday June 11.
French Open Men’s Final Betting Tips & Odds
Novak Djokovic is one win away from a record-breaking 23rd grand slam men’s singles title after despatching an ailing Carlos Alcaraz
- Novak Djokovic v Casper Ruud
- French Open Tennis, Men’s Singles Final
- Roland Garros, Paris
- Sunday June 11, 2023, 2pm UK
The Serbian superstar has won through to yet another final to face Norway’s Casper Ruud, who has now reached three of the last five grand slam finals dating back to last year’s French Open final when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal.
In that respect, this is a meeting of two players in fine form, with Djokovic having won the Australian Open at the start of the year.
He, of course, is on the calendar year clean sweep.
Like the women’s final preview, I will be steering clear of the straight win market as I fully expect Djokovic to win but the best price of 2/9 is too short for me. If you fancy Ruud, he is 7/2.
What I do believe is that this final will not be a completely one-sided affair, and I quite like the look of Betfair’s 6/5 on Djokovic to win and both players to win a set.
Ruud not to back Casper to win a set - but don’t expect a win
I was shaking my head at world number one Carlos Alcaraz’s admission that his mid-match cramps in yesterday’s semi-final defeat were down to the pressure of playing Djokovic.
And I suspect Ruud wasn’t particularly chuffed, either.
Talk about giving your biggest rival a leg-up. Djokovic must feel like he’s indestructible.
Now, as aforementioned, I think number four seed Ruud will win a set. His form over the last year in reaching two French Open and one US Open final means he is good enough to land a blow or two in this encounter.
But I don’t really see him having much more success than that.
With a four-set match, that should be enough to extend the game beyond 34.5 games. That means Djokovic to win and over 34.5 games in the match at 7/4 is worth backing with Ladbrokes via a price boost.
Ladbrokes are the firm leading the way on Djokovic to win this one 3-1 correct set score, and that’s appealing at 27/10 as well.
Tie-break tennis can reap rewards for the punter
It’s amazing to think that despite his dominance of only losing two sets throughout this campaign that Djokovic has played in five tie-breaks to Ruud’s one.
A couple of bet365 prices have therefore caught my eye surrounding this area of the final.
Before I look at those stats, I was thinking, ‘I reckon there could be a tie-break or two in this final’, and my suspicion has been confirmed.
I would be going on the 4/5 they’re offering for there to be over 0.5 tie-breaks in the match. I would also be having a dabble on the 9/2 they’re offering on there to be over 1.5 in the match.
French Open Women’s Final Betting Tips & Odds
- Iga Świątek v Karolina Muchova
- French Open Tennis, Women’s Singles Final
- Roland Garros, Paris
- Saturday June 10, 2023, 2pm UK
I reckon it might be a case of Czech mate for Karolina Muchova, who has qualified for her first ever grand slam final following a fabulous fortnight with some impressive wins.
But I just don’t give her ‘Muchova’ chance in this one, unfortunately for the world number 43.
Had Aryna Sabalenka held her nerve at the end of a marathon three-set semi-final against Muchova yesterday, when serving for the match in the decider, I would have viewed this final very differently having tipped Sabalenka for the title pre-tournament.
But I’d be amazed if Swiatek doesn’t add an overall fourth grand slam title to her CV and suspect she will do it pretty comfortably.
I’m going to swerve the 1/8 shot on the Polish star to win outright. That’s just too short. I also think it’s too short to side with her at 4/9 to win by a straight sets 2-0 scoreline.
However, I’m going to go with bet365′s 21/20 on Swiatek to win the match and there to be under 18.5 games.
That basically means a 6-3, 6-3 set scoreline would be a winner. A 6-3, 6-4 score would be a loser.
Value lies away from match result
That is, of course, unless you disagree and think Muchova will win. If you do, she’s a 13/2 shot with bet365.
But I quite like the look of a couple of betfair prices on set score groups.
They have either player to win the first set 6-2 or 6-3 at 11/10.
If that is the case, and it’s Swiatek who wins it as expected, Muchova could fold. With that in mind, I’d be having a dabble on the 13/5 they have on either player to win the second set 6-0 or 6-1.
What I would say is that I’d be slightly more cautious about the latter bet than the former.
PaddyPower are also offering 9/2 for there to be a 6-0 set in the match. I think that’s worth a small stakes approach.
It’s worth noting that despite Muchova only losing two sets in this tournament en-route to this final, one of those was by a scoreline of 6-0. That came in her second round 2-1 win over Nadia Podoroska.
When you look through the records, these two have only met once before, Muchova winning 2-1 on clay at the Prague Open back in April 2019.
A lot has changed since then, when Swiatek was actually a qualifier for that event. It would be remarkable if the same result happened this weekend.
French Open Tournament Outright Betting Tips
- French Open Tennis
- Roland Garros, Paris
- Sunday May 28 - Sunday June 11, 2023
Roland Garros this year will feel empty without Rafael Nadal, the record 14-time, and defending, champion who misses the event for the first time in 19 years due to a hip injury.
Such has been his success in Paris, that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them rename Court Philippe-Chatrier after him in the not too distant future. To be fair, they could name the tournament after him and I’d say, ‘Fair enough’.
But I think we’ll be hearing and reading a lot about Rafa over the next fortnight as I expect the master’s apprentice to step up and take the men’s title in his absence.
Comparisons will come left, right and centre with Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, to give him his Sunday name.
Here is the 20-year-old fellow Spaniard currently sat atop of the ATP’s world rankings. And Alcaraz is the favourite to win his second grand slam title and his first in Europe. I think he’ll do it. He is the 13/8 favourite with Unibet.
Alcaraz has won four out of his last seven events dating back to February, including three of them on clay. Two of the four were Masters 1,000 events in Madrid and Miami. Of his three misses, two saw him beaten in a final and a semi-final.
That kind of form is hard to oppose even with lone legend Novak Djokovic standing in his way. They have been paired in the same half of the draw, so could meet in the semi-finals.
Given Roger Federer has now retired and Nadal and Sir Andy Murray have pulled out of this tournament, Djokovic stands alone from the famous Big Four.
Iga Świątek, the Polish world number one, is the favourite to defend the women’s title she won last year. But she suffered a thigh injury last week to put a spanner in the works of her preparations.
Looking back to last year, I tipped the Pole to win the title at even money. That was because she was on an unbelievable 28-match winning streak at the time and the strength of competition around her wasn’t anything to write home about following the premature retirement of Australian Ash Barty.
This year, things are different. Since then, Elena Rybakina (Wimbledon) and Aryna Sabalenka (Australian Open) have both won Grand Slams. Swiatek, meanwhile, has only won two of her last seven titles. Not bad, but not dominant.
I think Belarusian Sabalenka, ranked number two in the world, could win a second successive Grand Slam title. She hasn’t been dominant either since winning in Melbourne in February, winning one of six events played. But that win was on clay at the Madrid Open at the start of the month when she beat Swiatek in the final.
Sabalenka has the power which might just be a point of difference on clay, and I would be taking the 7/1 on offer with vbet on her to win back-to-back Grand Slams titles.
The same firm are offering a tournament win double on Alcaraz and Sabalenka at 20/1. I’d been having a dabble on that.
Let’s hope it’s not a case of Oh no Cerundolo
Young Argentine Francisco Cerundolo has won eight of his last 12 matches on clay, solid form but not spectacular.
However, I think the 24-year-old, ranked 28 in the world, could turn around a dreadful career record of only passing the first round in one of six attempts - at this year’s Aussie Open when he reached Rd3 - and reach the semi-finals.
To do that, he would have to win his quarter of the draw, Quarter 3. He is 9/1 with betfair to do so, with only last year’s finalist Casper Ruud and Holger Rune ahead of him in the betting.
I’m a bit Ryba-keen-a on Elena
The aforementioned Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina, the big hitting pair who met in the Australian Open women’s final earlier this year, are the closest challengers to reigning champion Swiatek.
And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they met again for the title. They have both been separated on different sides of the draw so could meet in the final.
Bet365 have that outcome at an enticing 16/1.
Rybakina won her last event in Rome last week, and I would be taking that price on offer.
Dan the man for double - but Jack could crack
I’m going to finish by suggesting a first round match double involving two British men. One of them I fancy to win, the other I don’t I’m afraid.
I fancy Dan Evans to beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis (8/11). Evans has struggled for consistency recently - some good wins, some bad losses. But his good wins against the aforementioned Cerundolo and Karen Khachanov in Barcelona last month have been better than what his opponent has produced.
The Kok, as he’s brilliantly nicknamed, has been similarly inconsistent but at Challenger events.
I just don’t fancy Jack Draper to beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry, the Argentine who is ranked 46 in the world and 14 places higher in the rankings.
Draper hasn’t pulled up any trees on clay of late, while Etcheverry (9/10) reached the final of a recent Challenger event following four wins.
The double on Evans and Etcheverry is 2.28/1 with betfair. I’d be taking that.
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When and Where is the French Open?
The French Open 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, to help if the weather conditions are poor.
The 2023 French Open will take place from May 28 - June 11.
French Open Live Streaming
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French Open Past Winners
Is Rafael Nadal playing in the French Open 2023?
Sadly, Rafael Nadal has retired from tennis, so the mainstay of the French Open will not be competing in the 2023 edition of this Grand Slam event.
Which channel is the French Open on in the UK?
Eurosport have broadcasting rights in the UK for the French Open, so you can expect to see full coverage on Eurosport 1 and 2, as well as further courts on show on the Discovery Plus streaming app.
How many players qualify for French Open?
128 players will take part in the Men's and Women's single events, 64 pairs are in the two doubles events and 32 pairs are in the mixed doubles event.
What is the prize money for the French Open 2023 winner and runner up?
The singles winners at the French Open will receive 2.3 million Euros as prize money, while the runners up will receive half of that, 1.15 million Euros.