French Open Tennis Betting - Men’s Favourites
The tennis world is shaping up for the second Grand Slam on the calendar - the French Open, which will be played from Sunday, 26th May to Sunday, 9th June. The Roland Garros showpiece is watched by millions around the world, and along with Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open, is considered an event which represents the very pinnacle of the sport.
So as the big fortnight in Paris draws near, which players could make their mark on the most famous clay courts? In this article, we identify the main contenders in the Men's Singles draw.
Time for Rafa's dozen?
The current holder of the French Open is the most decorated player in its history - Rafael Nadal 11/10* of Spain. An amazing 11 of Nadal's 17 Grand Slam titles have come on Court Phillipe Chatrier, and last year's march to glory was at the expense of only one set. The 32-year-old beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires once again, and while Nadal might not always have things his own way on hard court or grass surfaces, on the French clay he is usually unstoppable. Since 2005, when Nadal became only the second man to win the French Open on debut since Mats Wilander in 1991, there have only been three other French Open champions - and as we will see, this trio can still be considered contenders in 2019...
Looking for Rafa's kryptonite
Novak Djokovic 12/5* is the most recent French Open titlist whose surname isn't Nadal, having triumphed in 2016. He is also one of the few men who can be spoken of in the same breath as the Spaniard, having claimed 15 Grand Slams thus far in a decorated career. Like Nadal, Djokovic has battled his way back from injury and now sits on top of the world rankings. The current Wimbledon and Australian Open champion has to be considered a major threat to 'superman Rafa'.
And how can we neglect to talk about the most successful player in the history of the men's game? At the ripe old age of 37, Roger Federer 18/1* just keeps on going. A 20th Grand Slam win at last year's Australian Open answered any doubts as to his enduring ability at the highest level. Federer would surely have won more than his solitary French Open in 2009 if it were not for Nadal's brilliance. Should his Spanish rival somehow falter, expect Federer to be in the hunt. The Swiss magician has already notched two big wins in 2019 - in Dubai and Miami.
Federer's countryman Stan Wawrinka 40/1* could also mount a serious challenge. The three-time Grand Slam winner went all the way in 2015, but since fell victim to a serious knee injury, and had to battle his way back from outside the world top 250. Then there is ATP Tour Finals champion [Alexander Zverev 22/1*], who has established himself in the top four of the rankings since Andy Murray's absence through injury. The 22-year-old German is hotly tipped to make a big impact over the next few years but is still searching for his first win in the four 'majors'. Can he improve on last year's journey to the Quarter-Finals?
We can't forget about Dominic Thiem 5/1*, another young gun who is making waves in the sport. The 25-year-old world number five already has 12 career titles under his belt. That collection does not yet include a Grand Slam, but Thiem proved he has a game conducive to clay last year when he progressed to the French Open final. Could the Austrian go one better in 2019?
Best of the rest
It could be said that the last true surprise winner of the French Open was Argentine Gastón Gaudio in 2005. Gaudio only ever reached as far as the Third Round in his other Grand Slam outings. Could 2019 be the year that the next outsider triumphs? Italy's Fabio Fognini 40/1* might object to being labelled an outsider, as this is a man in form. Fognini, somewhat of a 'late bloomer' at 31, achieved a new career high ranking of 12th after his Monte Carlo Masters win this April. But the most tantalising evidence supporting Fognini's cause is his win over Nadal in that tournament. By beating the French Open favourite, Fognini became only the fourth player to beat Nadal three times on clay.
And for the romantics out there, how about a dream run for home favourites Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 125/1* or Gaël Monfils 50/1*? Both have already notched wins in 2019; at Montpellier and Rotterdam respectfully. It should be considered that these stalwarts of French tennis - who have both been as far as the Semi-Finals at Roland Garros - are now in their 30s, but as we have seen with Federer... age is just a number, isn't it?
So weigh up the options and take your pick for the 2019 French Open outright winner. Will you place a bet on the French Open? Do you dare to predict Nadal's demise?
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