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Dominic Thiem looks the main challenger to the ‘King of Clay’
The 2nd Grand Slam tennis event of 2018 gets underway on 21st May (until 10th June) with the French Open in Paris. Find our where our money is going this year with our French Open tennis betting tips and predictions for the 2018 event at Roland Garros… Can anyone challenge Rafa?
French Open Tennis Betting Tips
- Men’s Singles outright – Dominic Thiem each-way @ 10/1 with William Hill
- Women’s Singles outright – Elina Svitolina each-way @ 9/1 with TitanBet
The second of the four Grand Slam tournaments to be played each year, the French Open is widely considered to be the Major that requires the greatest levels of stamina. When looking at tennis bets, it’s important to note that the red clay of Roland Garros requires a very different skill-set to the other Grand Slam events.
It’s impossible to contemplate French Open 2018 betting without acknowledging that Rafael Nadal winning the men’s tournament looks nigh on inevitable.
He would be a strong favourite under normal circumstances, but with three main traditional rivals either injured or struggling for form, it must be tempted to have the name of Nadal etched on the trophy as this year’s winner already.
Rafa Nadal has broken John McEnroe’s record of 49 consecutive sets won on a single surface.
Clay king ? pic.twitter.com/krKo7cK6qV
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 11, 2018
Bookies not giving much away with 1/2 odds on Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer has opted to miss the French Open for the third successive year, as he saves his ageing limbs for the grass court season. Andy Murray remains absent through injury, whilst Novak Djokovic is currently but a shadow of the player of a couple of years ago as he continues his recovery from elbow surgery.
So dominant is Nadal on the clay at Stade Roland Garros that barring injury it’s difficult to envisage any outcome other than a 11th men’s singles title for the Spaniard. He not only didn’t drop a set in winning the title last year, but lost just 35 games in total and looks nigh on unbeatable. Unfortunately the bookies are also of this belief and have priced Nadal up at best odds of a prohibitive 1/2 (1.50) (Betway). For the early birds he was available at around Even money just a couple of months ago.
Potentially the best option in the men’s event is to look at the other half of the draw to Rafa Nadal (the official draw for both the Men’s and Women’s events taking place following the Stade Roland-Garros qualifiers is concluded on 25th May) to seek some each-way value in trying to find his likely opponent in the final.
Dominic Thiem is perhaps the best option if seeking a little early each-way value at 10/1 with William Hill. The Austrian has reached the semi-finals of the French Open in each of the last two years and also won the Argentinean Open on clay earlier this year. In addition, he has also twice beaten Nadal on clay in his career, which few other contenders can boast.
Others worthy of consideration in any French Open betting tips for the men’s singles are Juan Martin Del Potro, Stan Wawrinka (last year’s beaten finalist, 2015 winner and 2016 semi-finalist) and Alexander Zverev.
French Open Women’s Tennis Betting Tips
If the men’s event looks largely predictable, the women’s is anything but! Serena Williams has, understandably, struggled for form since returning to the game following childbirth and recently pulled out of the Madrid Open. Her participation in Paris must be in some doubt.
Current world no. 1 Simona Halep has reached the final in two of her last four French Open appearances and is a best price of 6/1 with William Hill. However, she has yet to win her first Grand Slam title and looks a risky bet on that basis.
Elina Svitolina has reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in two of the last three years and also reached the last eight of the Australian Open this year. In an open field, she looks capable of going a long way and can be backed each-way at 9/1 with TitanBet.