French Open 2017 Tennis Betting Tips & Predictions
The second grand slam of the season, the French Open, is fast approaching, taking place over a two-week period, with the Men’s final taking place on Sunday June 11th and the Women’s final on Saturday June 10th. The French Open, referred to as Roland Garros, is the only grand slam tournament that is competed on a clay surface and is therefore unique from the other grand slams. Read on for our French Open 2017 Tennis Betting Tips & Predictions.
This is a tournament that has been dominated by one man over the last decade or so, Rafael Nadal. Nadal is the undisputed greatest player to ever grace a clay court, having won the French Open a staggering nine times alone. This includes winning the tournament in his first four appearances at it, so there’s no surprise to see him enter this year’s tournament as the clear favourite to make it a tenth win on the clay of Roland Garros. However, a number of players will have a thing or two to say about that, but one of those will not be eighteen-time grand slam winner Roger Federer. The tennis great has confirmed he won’t be competing at this year’s event, following the decision to focus on the upcoming grass season. Nonetheless, the field for this year’s tournament could be stronger than ever, with world number one Andy Murray and thirteen-time major winner Novak Djokovic heading the list of players looking to challenge Nadal and claim the French Open crown.
As for the women, this year’s competition has two notable absentees’ from the field, in the form of world number two Serena Williams and two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova. While Williams won’t be competing due to her recently announced pregnancy, Sharapova on the other hand has not been given a wildcard to the event, following her recent return to the sport after a fifteen-month suspension due to drug doping.
Nonetheless, the field for the tournament is looking extremely strong with there being a number of genuine contenders all in the running for the crown. World number one Angelique Kerber will be looking for a good run in the tournament as she looks to regain her sensational 2016 form, while defending champion Garbine Muguruza will be looking to replicate her form from twelve months ago and retain her title. Simona Halep is back in the world’s top four after a great start to season, which has already seen her regain her Madrid Open title, and she’ll be eager to win her first grand slam title here. The great Venus Williams is still playing tennis at the highest level, and following her run to the final at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, who’s to say she can’t claim a maiden singles French Open title in 2017. This year, more than ever before, the tournament is more open than ever, and there’s a great chance we’ll see a new name on the famous trophy come the 10th of June.
Rafael NadalMen's Outright Winner
The resurgent Rafael Nadal is looking to claim his 10th French Open and first grand slam since 2014. The ‘King of Clay’ has had a phenomenon clay season thus far and he’s looking back to his unbeatable best on the surface.
Nadal, along with Federer, has dominated tennis this season, already claiming his tenth Monte Carlo title and tenth Barcelona title, both on clay, and I can’t look past him making it a tenth French Open title on the 11th of June. In fact, Nadal remains unbeaten on clay in 2017, following his victory in Madrid with victory over Dominic Thiem.
In this kind of form, and with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic’s recent struggles along with Roger Federer’s absence, leads me to believe that Rafael Nadal will be a fifteen-time grand slam champion following the conclusion of the 2017 French Open.
Our outsider pick for this tournament is young Austrian, Dominic Thiem. The 23-year old has been in great form of late, reaching the finals of both Barcelona and Madrid in recent weeks, both of which should give him great confidence heading into Roland Garros.
Thiem had a great run at the tournament last year, reaching his first ever major semi-final, before being beaten by the eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He is showing all the qualities of a future grand slam winner, and if he was to be given a favourable draw here, this could be his chance to claim a maiden grand slam title.
Garbine MurguruzaWomen's Outright Winner
This is a tough year to call a winner, with so many different contenders looking to claim the title at Roland Garros in June. There are however, two people we see as favourites heading in to the tournament, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep.
The defending champion played some scintillating tennis last year as she swept aside twenty-three-time grand slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets to claim her first grand slam crown, despite a poor start to her season last time round. Although the Spaniard has had a rocky start to this season, just like last year, she seems to raise her game on the clay of Roland Garros and she is our pick for this year’s tournament.
She will face some stern opposition though, with one of those being the resurgent Simona Halep. The Romanian, who finished runner-up here back in 2014, has been in fine form of late and she’ll be tough to beat this year. A possible final between these two could be on the cards, draw permitting, and it has all the attributes of being a great match. A case could be made for four or five others, but the value in this market is with Murguruza.
As we have seen over recent years, there’s often a surprise name that comes through the pack and does well at a grand slam event. A perfect example of this was back in 2015 at this very event when Lucie Safarova came through the pack and reached the final, before being beaten by Serena Williams in three sets.
Our outside pick for this tournament is the Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The tennis star has had a very good season so far, reaching the quarter-finals at the first grand slam of the season in Australia, as well as claiming the Monterrey Open title with an impressive three-set victory over world number one Angelique Kerber. In addition to this, she claimed only her second ever clay court title with victory at the Morocco Open, something that will serve her confidence heading into Roland Garros.
Despite only reaching a quarter-final here before, the Russian is going to be our outside bet to do well and potentially reach her first ever grand slam final.