Free tips Tennis: French Open 2017 Betting Preview (22nd May – 11th Jun)
French Open Tennis Betting Preview
Rafael Nadal & Simona Halep look early betting value in 2017 French Open
French Open Tennis predictions:
Men’s Outright: Rafael Nadal to Win @ 7/4 (2.75) with Betway
Women’s Outright: Simona Halep to Win @ 8/1 (9.00) with Betfred
There seems to be a changing of the guard underway in men’s tennis at present, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray not quite the dominant forces of old as a result of inconsistent form, injury and, let’s face it, advancing years.
It would be crazy to write off either player of course, but with neither really being totally at home playing tennis on clay, it certainly makes this year’s French Open betting incredibly difficult to predict.
Murray has never won the French title and his preparation has hardly been great this year, while defending champion Djokovic has struggled ever since his victory last year.
Roger Federer’s Resurgence
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that while Djokovic and Murray have both been below par in 2017, it’s been old-timers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that have risen to the fore again.
Federer’s return to the top of the game is at least in part due to him being, at the age of 35 and following injury issues, more selective about the events he enters. Again, clay has never been Federer’s surface of choice and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise were he to give the tournament a miss.
French Open Tennis Betting Preview
That’s certainly not the case with nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal though, who has always excelled on the red stuff.
Injuries looked as though they had all but ended Nadal’s days at the very top of the men’s game, but a run to the Australian Open final and now victory in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters seems to confirm that he is back to somewhere near his best.
Rafa Nadal is now the 7/4 favourite in Paris but, given his clay court pedigree, current resurgence and relative poor form of his rivals, that’s a price worth taking.
The biggest threat to Nadal could come from 23 year-old Dominic Thiem. The Austrian knows his way around Roland Garros, having been a semi-finalist last year (losing to eventual champion Djokovic) and, with clay being his favourite surface, he could be a great each-way shot at 28/1 with Betfair for the title.
You can’t rule out Djokovic (10/3 with Ladbrokes) or Murray (9/2 at Paddy Power), while Stan Wawrinka (10/1 with Betfred) is another player who certainly shouldn’t be discounted, but an in-form Nadal on clay has to be backed.
French Open Women’s Betting
There are a couple of notable factors to take into account in the women’s tournament. One is the pregnancy and subsequent withdrawal of the remarkable Serena Williams, which leaves the competition wide open.
The other is the return of Maria Sharapova (11/1 with BetVictor) following a 15-month ban for a failed drug test. Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci in straight sets on her return to competitive action at the Stuttgart Open, so she’s clearly still in decent shape.
French Open Tennis Tips
However, the two players who look the best French Open tennis bets are defending champion Gabarine Mugaruza and Simona Halep.
Mugaruza certainly has the ability to retain her title and at 11/2 is the favourite to win at Roland Garros, but the 23 year-old Spaniard has already retired three times in matches this season and that’s cause for concern.
Halep, a French Open finalist in 2014, is a clay court specialist and although her results in 2017 haven’t been great, she is now fully recovered from the knee injury that hampered her early season form.
At a generous 8/1 with Betfred, the 25 year-old Romanian looks worth a tennis bet to claim her first Grand Slam title.