What? The 2022 French Open Tennis
Where? Roland Garros, Paris, France
When? Sunday 22nd May to Sunday 5th June
Markets available include:
- Tournament winner
- Match by match betting
- Various side markets for each match
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Paris is the setting for the second Grand Slam of 2022, giving bettors plenty of opportunities to bet on the French Open over the coming weeks. Not only are there outright markets to bet on, but the main area how people can bet on at the French Open is by the match winner markets, with 127 matches taking place in each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments.
The men’s singles event over the last 15 years or so has been dominated by one man in particular - Rafa Nadal. However, with a foot injury seemingly exacerbated in defeat by Denis Shapovalov in Rome this week, subsequently ensuring that he will not in the top four seeds, it opens up a trickier draw for the Spaniard than he would have liked. While Nadal has won 13 titles here, he’s arguably less dominant now on clay than at any other stage over the last decade, and he hasn’t even got the best clay data this season so far.
That honour goes to Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish 19 year old phenomenon who has now reached a career-high six in the world rankings. Having run through the field in Madrid last week in impressive style, beating all of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev from the quarter-final stage onwards, Alcaraz is coming into the event on a 10 match unbeaten run, picking up two Masters 1000 titles this spring already.
A player in Nadal who has exhibited previous career dominance over a single event in his preferred conditions can never be written off, but Alcaraz does go into the tournament as the favourite, and after those two Masters 1000 victories, a first ever Grand Slam title looks like the next step in his incredible achievements this season.
Also standing in the way is Novak Djokovic. The world number one has had a complicated season so far, having been unable to participate at the Australian Open and subsequently being deported from the country, and at the time of writing, is yet to win a title in 2022. In conjunction with a drop in his all-surface numbers this season, which is probably understandable, Djokovic is priced behind Alcaraz in the current market pricing, and would need to get back to his imperious best to challenge Nadal and Alcaraz over the coming fortnight.
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Moving through the outright market, Stefanos Tsitsipas has been in good form on clay, winning in Monte Carlo in April and only losing to top-quality opposition (Alcaraz and Zverev) this season on the surface. A serve-oriented player, Tsitsipas will need to upgrade his return game in order to win Grand Slams, and that’s why he’s a little further back in the current pricing.
Tsitsipas is marginally ahead of Alexander Zverev, who comfortably lost to Alcaraz in the final of Madrid last week. The German doesn’t quite look elite tier, but is still a very capable clay-courter who can definitely reach the latter stages, particularly if the draw opens up for him.
Other players who will be keen to make an impact include world number two Daniil Medvedev, who has actually skipped the entire clay season so far, so lacks preparation, and another player capable of reaching the latter stages is Casper Ruud. The Norwegian has excellent underlying clay data in conjunction with winning over 80% of his matches on the surface in the last 12 months, and looks the pick of the next tier of players based on data.
Rounding off the next tier of players who you can bet on at the French Open is Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev. Both players are very capable on the surface, but look a little short of the top clay-courters on tour right now. As with Zverev, both players probably need the draw to open up for them to reach the semi-finals or final in Paris over the coming weeks.
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At Cloudbet, users also have the capability to bet on the French Open women’s singles tournament, and it’s Iga Swiatek who is the overwhelming market favourite to win the title.
The Pole is currently on a 25 match unbeaten run, lifting trophies in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart, and is evidently the player to beat here at the French Open over the next few weeks. Swiatek has already got one French Open title, defeating Sofia Kenin in the 2020 final when she was ranked outside the top 50, but now is the world number one and expectations are that she will lift her second trophy at Roland Garros in June.
Out to stop her, among others, will be Simona Halep. The Romanian has now dropped out of the top 20 but remains a very strong clay-courter, reaching the semi-final at Indian Wells (lost to Swiatek in a close match) and the quarter-final in Madrid (lost to Ons Jabeur). However, her return game is still exceptional, with an extremely high return points won percentage, and that will stand her in good stead for the most return-oriented Grand Slam on the calendar.
The aforementioned Jabeur looks one of the most qualified longer-priced players in the draw. She’s rapidly improved over the last couple of years, and meets Maria Sakkari in the Rome quarter-final later today, having not dropped a set so far in the tournament. This follows up an extremely impressive title in Madrid, with that win over Halep on the way, meaning that at the time of writing Jabeur is nine matches unbeaten herself. Previously this season on clay, she also reached the final of Charleston, and clearly comes into the event in great form.
Beating Jabeur in the Charleston final was Belinda Bencic, who also is another interesting player to keep an eye on at bigger prices. Jabeur actually got revenge over the Swiss player later in April in Madrid, but Olympic champion Bencic has picked up a lot of wins from March onwards this season, and looks to be another player coming into the tournament with some confidence.
Predictions, Favorites, and Odds
Readers are also probably wondering how to bet on some of the bigger names at the French Open, including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and last season’s winner, Barbora Krejcikova. However, all have had far from ideal preparation for the tournament, with little clay court time. Krejcikova hasn’t played since February due to injury, while Osaka has only played one event on clay this season - losing to Sara Sorribes Tormo in conditions which should really have suited her in Madrid.
As for Serena, she hasn’t played since retiring at 3-3 against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round of Wimbledon last season, so expectations on her should be pretty limited. Having previously dominated the WTA Tour, she should never be written off, but the tour looks set for another spell of dominance from a different player - Iga Swiatek.
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