French Open 2017 Betting Predictions | Back Nadal at 10/11 with BetwayPublished May 25, 2017
The French Open 2017 tennis tournament begins at Stade Roland Garros on 28th May and ends on 11th June, with Novak Djokovic (pictured) the defending champion in the Men’s Singles, and Garbiñe Muguruza the defending champion in the Women’s Singles.
Both the winners from this year’s Australian Open will be absent in Paris, with Roger Federer now being very selective as to the tournaments he plays in order to remain competitive at the highest level and Serena Williams being pregnant.
Novak Djokovic (available at 10/3 with Coral) has had a tough 12 months by his extraordinary standards since winning last year’s French Open event, although there have been signs of a return to form in recent weeks and he was only beaten in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia a week ago by Alexander Zverev. He certainly can’t be discounted.
Britain’s Andy Murray (14/1 with William Hill) has also had, for him, an indifferent 2017 tennis season, not helped by an elbow injury that sidelined him for a month.
In addition, clay has never been Murray’s favourite playing surface. Anyone betting on Andy Murray to win in Paris would almost certainly be doing so on a patriotic basis only.
With Federer absent, that makes Rafael Nadal very much the form player of 2017, having reached the final of the Australian Open and won both the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Mutua Madrid Open already this year.
The nine times French Open champion is now into odds-on favourite to win the title and secure what would be his own La Décima of French crowns. If he can stay fit, he is going to take some beating at a tournament he has frequently dominated.
If anyone outside of the usual suspects is to challenge, then Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev (an 18/1 shot with Betfred) look the ones most likely.
Thiem’s odds have tumbled from a best price of 28/1 all the way down to 10/1 over the past month on the back of a fine run of form and, as a clay court specialist, he remains an each-way betting option.
Simona Halep our pick in an open Women’s event
In the absence of the formidable Serena Williams, the women’s French Open tennis tournament looks very difficult to predict, but the form player is unquestionably Simona Halep.
The 25 year-old Romanian has yet to win a Grand Slam title (she was a French Open finalist in 2014), but she is a clay specialist and was runner-up at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia a week ago and won the Mutua Madrid Open a week earlier.
Halep’s price has come in from around 8/1 to a best of 7/2 with BetVictor in recent weeks, but she has the pedigree to justify those tennis odds. She may never get a better opportunity of claiming a first Grand Slam trophy.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza (11/1 with Betfred) certainly has the ability to defend her title, but having retired from matches four times already in 2017, she really can’t be backed with any confidence whatsoever.
World number one Angelique Kerber is available at 18/1 with Boylesports, but those odds are an indication of both a lack of form and a player not exactly at home on this surface.
The Ukrainian, Elina Svitolina defeated Halep at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and has to be in the running at 9/1 with Sportingbet.
Kristina Mladenovic (16/1 at bet365), Svetlana Kuznetsova (16/1 at SkyBet) and Kiki Bertens (50/1 at Titanbet) also have good recent form and might be worth looking at as each-way options.