First contested in 1891 (the women’s event started six years later) as the Championnat de France, the 2018 French Open will be the 117th edition of the event. Until 1924 the tournament was for French nationals or foreign members of French tennis clubs only.
The second of the four Grand Slam events to be played each year, the French Open is widely regarded as being the most physically-demanding, with the red clay favouring those players suited to playing long rallies from the back of the court on the slower surface.
During the amateur era at the start of the 20th century the championship was dominated by Max Decugis, who won eight titles between 1903 and 1914. Rafael Nadal has gone on to surpass that tally with a remarkable 10 titles to his name.
Only Bjorn Borg with six titles comes close to matching Nadal’s dominance in Paris in the “open era” (when professionals were first permitted to play in Grand Slam events in 1968).
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French Open 2018 free bets can sometimes be used if you’re an existing customer, but if you’re new to a site, there are tons of great betting offers for the French Open 2018 for New Customers only. The tournament is widely televised due to it’s popularity, which is why there so many chances to win more for your money, just make sure you look out for the best free bets for French Open 2018, to really increase your chances. Tennis is growing in popularity each year, with more young players picking up a racket and hitting the courts. Bookies know this and offer great odds in order to attract new customers – if you’ve never bet before but think you know who will win the Open, now’s the chance to capitalise on these better odds bets.
Betting on the Outright markets and individual match results (with many punters opting to put a number of such selections into an accumulator bet) are the easiest bets to understand in tennis, but there are plenty of other options available too.
Total Games is a popular market, similar to Total Goals in football where an online bookmaker will set a figure for how many games will be played before the match is decided and the punter has to choose whether the actual total will be over or under that figure.
Among other French Open betting options there is also Set Betting (total number of sets played in the match), 1st Set Winner, 1st Set Total Games (Over/Under), Tie-break to be played in the match (will there be one?), Tie-break to be played in the 1st Set, Number of Sets (Over/Under) and Handicap Betting (betting on either player that has been awarded a handicap).
Once the main draw has been made there will be a multitude of 2018 French Open betting offers and French Open free bets available from various bookmakers, with options to back a player winning the tournament without dropping a set, the total number of games played in any given match and many others besides. There will also be offers such Tennis ‘Acca insurance’, odds boosts and money back specials.
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The French Open 2018 is scheduled to begin on Sunday 27th May, with the official draw for both the Men’s and Women’s events taking place following the Stade Roland-Garros qualifiers.
The tournament proper starts in the 1st round with 128 players in both the Men’s and Women’s draw.
Listed below is the round-by-round breakdown of the schedule for both the Men’s and Women’s events, although these are both subject to possible delays for weather and any other disruptions.
ITV, ITV2 and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights for French Open 2018 in the UK, but you can also get extensive live tennis streaming of the event from a number of bookmakers, such as bet365, Betfair, Coral and Unibet.
Live streaming of tennis and other sports is restricted to generally registered users of the sites with funded and active accounts, but it’s not always necessary to bet on the event in order to watch (however, this will vary from bookmaker to bookmaker).
For those that want the ability to watch events at Roland Garros unfolding whilst out and about, it can certainly pay to open an account with one of the bookmakers offering live streaming, particularly if there is also the option of a free bet that comes with it.
Want to base you bet on who’s won in the past? It’s pretty one sided with, with Nadal in good contention. Here are all of the winners and runners up of the French Open since the year 2000:
|2000||BRA||Gustavo Kuerten||SWE||Magnus Norman||6–2, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)|
|2001||BRA||Gustavo Kuerten||ESP||Àlex Corretja||6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2, 6–0|
|2002||ESP||Albert Costa||ESP||Juan Carlos Ferrero||6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3|
|2003||ESP||Juan Carlos Ferrero||NED||Martin Verkerk||6–1, 6–3, 6–2|
|2004||ARG||Gastón Gaudio||ARG||Guillermo Coria||0–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1, 8–6|
|2005||ESP||Rafael Nadal||ARG||Mariano Puerta||6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5|
|2006||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|2007||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|2008||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||6–1, 6–3, 6–0|
|2009||SUI||Roger Federer||SWE||Robin Söderling||6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4|
|2010||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SWE||Robin Söderling||6–4, 6–2, 6–4|
|2011||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1|
|2012||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SRB||Novak Djokovic||6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|2013||ESP||Rafael Nadal||ESP||David Ferrer||6–3, 6–2, 6–3|
|2014||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SRB||Novak Djokovic||3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4|
|2015||ESP||Stan Wawrinka||SRB||Novak Djokovic||4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4|
|2016||ESP||Novak Djokovic||GBR||Andy Murray||3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4|
|2017||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Stan Wawrinka||6–2, 6–3, 6–2, 6–1|
More victories in the same tournament ...— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) April 22, 2018
? ATP-500: RAFA NADAL (10 in Barcelona).
? Masters 1000: RAFA NADAL (he has just won his title number 11 in Monte-Carlo).
? Grand Slam: RAFA NADAL (10 at Roland Garros). pic.twitter.com/CwqcFZavBy
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Both the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles went with the top seeds and pre-tournament favourites at the French Open, although if there was a certain inevitability about Rafael Nadal’s 11th title win on the red clay of Roland Garros, that certainly wasn’t the case with Simona Halep.
Rafael Nadal lost just a single set in the tournament, with Argentinean Diego Schwartzman briefly threatening a major upset in the quarter-finals.
In the final Nadal saw off Austria’s Dominic Thiem (playing in his first Grand Slam final) in straight sets, to stretch his record at Roland Garros to just two defeats in 87 matches dating back to his debut there in 2005.
Despite being top seed and world number one, the 26 year-old Romanian Simona Halep had never won a Grand Slam event before clinching the title in Paris.
It looked like being another frustrating afternoon as she trailed current US Open champion Sloane Stephens by a set and a break of serve in the final, but then won 11 of the next 14 games to secure the long-awaited first Grand Slam title.
The Women’s French Open semi-finals will see world number one and top seed Simona Halep up against the 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, with the other semi being an all-American clash between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys in a repeat of the 2017 US Open final.
In the Men’s event, the red-hot favourite Rafael Nadal was a set and a break down to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman before rain intervened. On resumption, the 10-time French Open champion Nadal rallied to take a 5-3 lead in the second set before the rain returned and play was abandoned for the day. The momentum is now with the Spaniard, but Schwartzman has taken the first set off Nadal in Paris since 2015.
Rafael Nadal’s seemingly relentless march towards an 11th title at the French Open remains on course, with the defending champion’s path to the final looking relatively clear. It’s the other half of the draw that looks intriguing, with Novak Djokovic finding some form and Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem set to do battle in a potentially epic quarter-final.
In the Women’s event, the tie of the last 16 sees Serena Williams up against Maria Sharapova in a clash of the two biggest names in the women’s game. Sharapova has only beaten Williams twice in 21 attempts, both back in 2004, but will surely never have a better opportunity to claim a third victory.
Defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal eased into the 3rd round at the French Open with a predictably convincing 6-2 6-1 6-1 win over Argentina’s Guido Pella.
British number one Kyle Edmund also progressed through to the 3rd round after a 6-0 1-6 6-2 6-3 victory over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Edmund will next face Italy’s clay court specialist Fabio Fognini.
In the Women’s event, top seed Simona Halep saw off American Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1. The Romanian, twice a beaten finalist in Paris, will now face Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the next round. Two-time champion Maria Sharapova beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4 and will play Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in the 3rd round.
Women’s defending champion Jelena Ostapenko suffered an early exit at the French Open, with the Latvian fifth seed going down in straight sets to Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova on day one at Roland Garros.
There were also defeats for seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams and British number one Johanna Konta lost in the first round at Roland Garros for the fourth successive year.
There were no such dramas in the Men’s event, with opening day victories for second seed Alexander Zverev (now 7/1 to win the title with William Hill) for the loss of only four games over unseeded Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. There were also wins for Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and French number one, Lucas Pouille.
Belgium’s David Goffin was given a scare, but the eighth seed from Belgium eventually saw off Dutchman Robin Haase 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-0.