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French Open 2016

One for the clay court specialists and one of the most eagerly awaited events on the annual tennis calendar.

When Is The French Open 2016?

The French Open 2016 runs from 22nd May to 5th June 2016 and will be played at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris.

French Open – Most Wins (Open era only):


  • Rafael Nadal – 9
  • Bjorn Borg – 6
  • Gustavo Kuerten – 3
  • Ivan Lendl – 3
  • Mats Wilander – 3


  • Chris Evert – 7
  • Steffi Graf – 6
  • Justine Henin – 4
  • Margaret Court – 3
  • Arantxa Sanchez Vicario – 3
  • Monica Seles – 3
  • Serena Williams – 3

Betting on the French Open

French Open betting will be available online, in High Street bookmakers and via your mobile. Almost every online bookmaker will have French Open free bets available to new customers should they meet the qualifying criteria.

French Open Betting Odds

World number one Djokovic is the favourite for the French Open 2016 at present. Nadal comes next in the betting, although fitness issues are always a big factor these days and even should he compete, his world ranking at the time could mean that, as last year, he faces a very challenging draw.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is next in the betting at 8/1 and those who fancy an Andy Murray bet can do so at 12/1 currently.

To no great surprise, Serena Williams leads the way in the women’s event, although there are more potential winners than in the men’s tournament.

Nearer the time there will a multitude of 2016 French Open betting offers and French Open free bets, with options to back a player winning the tournament without dropping a set, the total number of games played in any given match and various others.

  • Outright winner (Men’s) – Novak Djokovic 6/5; Rafael Nadal 3/1; Stan Wawrinka 8/1; Andy Murray 12/1; Kei Nishikori 22/1; Roger Federer 25/1; Tomas Berdych 50/1; 66/1 bar
  • Outright winner (Women’s) – Serena Williams 11/4; Maria Sharapova – 6/1; Simona Halep – 7/1; Victoria Azarenka 10/1; Petra Kvitova 14/1; Garbine Muguruza 16/1; Lucie Safarova 33/1; Caroline Wozniacki 33/1; 40/1 bar

French Open Betting Tips

As with all major sporting events these days, there will be numerous 2016 French Open betting previews across all forms of media in the weeks before the tournament gets under way.

French Open free bets and 2016 French Open betting offers are sure to be heavily promoted ahead of such a major global sporting event.

Where To Watch The French Open 2016 Live?

For those not lucky enough to have French Open tickets, ITV, ITV4 and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights for French Open 2016 in the UK.

Who Are The Main Contenders?

One name immediately springs to mind when discussing potential French Open winners – Nadal. With nine trophies already under his belt, he is naturally a leading contender again. Injuries and age are starting to catch up on him though and his loss at the quarter-final stage to Novak Djokovic last year proved he is beatable.

Despite being world number one, Djokovic has never won the French Open. He has however been the beaten finalist in three of the past four years though, so is a worthy favourite. Due to the dominance of Nadal in Paris, only three current players have ever won the title – Nadal, defending champion Wawrinka and Roger Federer.

So what of Andy Murray’s chances on the red clay? Well it’s been his least successful Grand Slam tournament down the years, but he has reached the semi-final on three occasions, including each of the last two years. Andy Murray’s track record certainly isn’t bad, so he’s a live outsider at the very least.

In the women’s event, you can never write off Serena Williams of course. Maria Sharapova always has support and the Romanian Simona Halep is worth considering to go one better than her runner-up spot in 2014.

If looking to back an outright winner for the French Open, it could pay to look for bookmakers that also offer a French Open free bet when doing so. This will largely apply to new accounts.


One of the four Grand Slam events, the French Open is widely acknowledged as being the most physically-demanding of them all. The red clay has always favoured those suited to the slower surface from the back of the court and French Open winners tend to be less reliant on serve and volley than at the other Grand Slam tournaments.

French Open 2016 will be the 115th edition of the event. First contested in 1891 (the women’s event started six years later) as the Championnat de France, until 1924 the tournament was for French nationals or foreign members of French tennis clubs only.

The man who dominated the championship during the amateur era at the start of the 20th century was Max Decugis, who won eight titles in the amateur era between 1903 and 1914. More recently a certain Rafael Nadal has gone on to exceed that tally. Since the “open era” that first permitted professionals to play in Grand Slam events in 1968, only Bjorn Borg with six titles comes close to matching Nadal’s dominance in Paris.

Despite that, it will be Stan Wawrinka who will be defending the title he won beating Novak Djokovic in the 2015 final, with Nadal having lost to Djokovic at the quarter-final stage. Wawrinka was available at around 16/1 pre-tournament, so a very decent price for anyone who managed to back him, particularly with a French Open free bet.

Serena Williams is the defending women’s champion, having defeated Lucie Safarova in last year’s final for a third French Open crown.