2018 French Open early preview and betting odds
The 2018 French Open will be the 122nd edition of the French Open and the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. It will take place at the Stade Roland Garros from 21 May to 10 June and will consist of events for players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. The qualifying phase will start on 21st May and it will end on 26th. The tournament will be played on 22 clay courts, including three main show courts. For the ones that are new in the tennis world, clay courts slow down the ball and produce a high bounce when compared to the other two surfaces: grass courts and hard courts. This means that he big servers and serve-and-volleyers don’t have such a big advantage here.
French Open 2017 review
We have witnessed to a fabulous French Open tournament in 2017 as both men’s and women’s singles winners made history. Rafael Nadal dropped just 35 games on his way to the title to become the first player in the Open Era to win 10 titles at One Grand Slam. La Decima took Rafa to 15 Grand Slams titles overall, second of all time, moving ahead of Pete Sampras (14).
As for the women, Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to stun the world with a victory over Simona Halep in the final round. She became the first Latvian major champion in history. One of the most interesting facts about Jelena Ostapenko’s performance at the French Open last year was that her forehand has averaged three miles per hour faster than Andy Murray’s.
The total prize money for the previous edition of the French Open was €36,000,000, a 12% increase compared to 2016. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles title receive €2,100,000.
Previous winners of the French Open
Previous winners of the Men’s French Open
2017 - Rafael Nadal
2016 - Novak Djokovic
2015 - Stan Wawrinka
2014 - Rafael Nadal
2013 - Rafael Nadal
Previous winners of the Women’s French Open
2017 - Jelena Ostapenko
2016 - Garbine Muguruza
2015 - Serena Williams
2014 - Maria Sharapova
2013 - Serena Williams
Men's French Open Outright Winner odds
The bookies have released some early odds for the outright winner of the tournament for both men and women sections. The odds will fluctuate until the tournament kick offs in May, as there are plenty of key factors that can influence the odds fluctuations. It’s important to know what players are fit this year as several players struggled with injuries in the second half of 2017. The warm-up tournaments are also important as the bookies will adjust the odds according to players’ form.
Rafael Nadal is obviously the bookies’ favourite to win the tournament after the lifted the trophy for 10th times so far. He is the most successful player ever on the clay surface and he has been named the ‘King of clay’ after he won the French Open last year. We expect Rafa to remain the bookies’ favourite due to his dominance on clay.
The interesting fact is that Roger Federer, the man who won two Grand Slam titles last year and the Australian Open Slam this year, is priced at huge odds of 14/1 with William Hill. In my eyes, it's a good value bet if he decides to participate, as we all know he withdrew from the previous edition as he wanted to be fit for Wimbledon, a tournament which he won in a perfect manner.
Women's French Open Outright Winner odds
The women’s tournament it’s a bit trickier as there have been several ups and downs in WTA last year. Most of the tournaments have been wide open due to Serena Williams’ absence from the circuit and we have seen plenty of upsets last year. As for example, Jelena Ostapenko have won the French Open, Sloane Stephens the US Open, while Garbine Muguruza put her hands on the Wimbledon trophy. Serena Williams is back in the circuit, but she didn’t look fit in her first official fixtures in this early part of the year. Simona Halep is tied on odds 5/1 with Serena, although the Romanian player is yet to win a Grand Slam title in her career. She had two great opportunities in the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko last year and this year in the Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki.