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French Open betting odds, offers, tips and predictions

It’s almost back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments this year with the French Open rapidly following on from the US Open in New York last week, following its postponement earlier in 2020.

Roland Garros usually hosts the event at the start of the summer but that was deemed impossible due to the coronavirus crisis, but a new date for the French Open was found.

That means top players will have to make a quick adaption from playing on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows to the clay courts of Paris, which some may find challenging.

ATP tour organisers have squeezed the Rome Masters into the schedule to give players a chance to get used to the brown stuff, but it still seems likely to be an unpredictable year.

The 2020 French Open starts on September 21 and will close on October 11.

The 2020 edition looks sure to be a real treat as Rafael Nadal looks to further his dominance in the competition and Novak Djokovic looks to bounce back after his surprising disqualification from the 2020 US Open in early September for accidentally hitting a line judge.

Few are able to match Nadal on the clay, he picked up his 12th title last year, but with every year the Spaniard ages, the chances of an upset increases.

French Open betting offers and free bets

As one of the most important tournaments on the tennis schedule, the French Open is popular for betting. Many French Open betting offers and free tennis bets will be available this year.

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As we near the start of the French Open, bookmakers will have enhanced odds available.

Keep checking back to freebets.co.uk for all the latest special offers for the French Open 2020. Welcome bonuses from bookmakers can also be used to earn French Open free bets, so check out the best around right here.

Free tennis bets often have no restrictions, meaning you can withdraw the money from a free bet like it was your own money in the first place. Alternatively, it will be credited into your account which just means you have to use the same bookies, next time you place a bet. Checking the terms and conditions before you place a free bet is always recommended so you can ensure you’re meeting all the criteria.

French Open 2020 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 2020 for new customers only.

How to claim French Open free bets

One of the best ways to get French Open free bets is to make the most of a welcome bonus from one of the many bookmakers we feature at freebets.co.uk.

Unfortunately, if you already have an account with one of the bookies you will not be able to get the free bets by signing up again – this is against their terms and conditions.

It only takes a few minutes to join a bookmaker, make a deposit and access French Open free bets, so if you want to bet on the tournament this year, this is a good road to go down.

Usually, bookmakers ask new customers to place a qualifying bet – typically with minimum odds attached – before they credit the free bets.

French Open betting odds

Even though he opted not to travel to New York for the US Open, Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite when it comes to the tennis odds for his favourite tournament, the French Open.

Nadal is the best clay court player and has won at Roland Garros an amazing 12 times during his career, including in each of the last three years, so it is understandable why there is a top price of 5/6 with Paddy Power for him to win the title yet again.

A disaster at the US Open, where he was disqualified after accidentally hitting a lines-woman with a ball, has not put the bookmakers off Novak Djokovic and he is joint-second favourite, with the Serbian world number one available to back at 3/1 with Paddy Power this year.

Thiem 10/3 to win again

After triumphing at Flushing Meadows to win his first Grand Slam title, Dominic Thiem is 10/3 with BetVictor to go one step better after losing to Nadal in the final two years running.

Other names in the frame for the French Open title this year could include Stefanos Tsitsipas (18/1 with Boylesports), beaten US Open finalist Alexander Zverev (20/1 with bet365*), home hope Gael Monfils (66/1 with Betfair) and Karen Khachanov (100/1 with 888sport).

Women’s French Open Odds 2020

In the women’s draw, the favourite is Simona Halep, who has reached the final in two of the last three years, with the Romanian available to back at a top price of 7/2 with 888sport.

With the defending champion, Ash Barty, opting not to play the other leading contenders for the crown include Kiki Bertens (10/1 with Boylesports) and US Open winner Naomi Osaka (12/1 with Betfred).

It is always impossible to discount Serena Williams, too, with the American still chasing down her 24th Grand Slam singles title – she is at 15/1 with 888sport to triumph.

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 2020, 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.

French Open Betting Offers & Markets

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 betting 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 2020 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.

French Open 2020 free bets will be widely offered, particularly should you be a new customer of a site. Freebets.co.uk will have full details of all the latest and best free bet offers and other promotions related to the French Open 2020, so ensure that you check regularly for all the very latest free bets on the market.

French Open 2020 – Roland Garros Schedule

The French Open 2020 first round gets underway on September 27th and runs across two weeks until the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday October 4th.

Below you’ll find the full schedule of the French Open 2020:

  • Qualifying: September 21-25, 2020
  • First Round Begins: September 27, 2020
  • Ladies Final: October 3, 2020
  • Men’s Final: October 4, 2020

Roland Garros Live Streaming

ITV, ITV2 and Eurosport hold the broadcasting rights for French Open 2020 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.

French Open Winners

Want to base your French Open 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:

Year Winner vs Score
2000 Gustavo Kuerten Magnus Norman 6–2, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)
2001 Gustavo Kuerten Àlex Corretja 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2, 6–0
2002 Albert Costa Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero Martin Verkerk 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
2004 Gastón Gaudio Guillermo Coria 0–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1, 8–6
2005 Rafael Nadal Mariano Puerta 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2007 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2009 Roger Federer Robin Söderling 6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
2010 Rafael Nadal Robin Söderling 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
2011 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1
2012 Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
2013 Rafael Nadal David Ferrer 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
2014 Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
2015 Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
2016 Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4
2017 Rafael Nadal Stan Wawrinka 6–2, 6–3, 6–2, 6–1
2018 Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
2019 Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–1

French Open betting tips and predictions

Men’s Tournament

Betting against Nadal at Roland Garros is usually unwise but at 5/6 with Paddy Power it is hard to say the Spaniard constitutes value, especially as he may come into the event undercooked.

Nadal’s main dangers are Novak Djokovic and the recent US Open winner Dominic Thiem who are among the other top fancies available to be backed at 3/1 with BetVictor and 10/3 at BetVictor respectively.

Betting on Thiem to make it two major titles in the space of a few week might prove to be a better betting option, depending on how the French Open draw shakes out.

Women’s Tournament

In the Ladies Singles Simona Halep is leading the pack, with BetVictor offering odds of 7/2. Serena Williams could be good value to claim her fourth French Open at 16/1 with 888sport.

Backing the form player in the women’s draw could be profitable too, with the 12/1 offered by Betfred for Naomi Osaka appearing to be very generous considering how strong she was in New York. Alternatively, the 22/1 with BetVictor for Sofia Kenin to take the title might prove top value.

You can read our tips and back players based on their average stats or take a punt and go with your gut and bet on the outcomes you think will happen most, player versus player. Find out all the best free bets, the most lucrative enhanced odds and the most likely player vs player previews right here at freebets.co.uk.