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This week, Spanish tennis legend and without doubt the greatest clay court playerBet365 Tennis Acca Bonus in history, Rafael Nadal will start as the hot favourite to win what would be an incredible eleventh French Open title at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard’s success last year in the tournament extended his record of wins at the event into double figures and what was extraordinary was that the Spaniard achieved his 15th Grand Slam win of his career without dropping a single set in any of the games on his way to lifting the trophy.

That win came after two years where Novak Djokovic and Stanislav Wawrinka had claimed the prize, but Nadal’s return to form last year and his subsequent maintenance of that form throughout the remainder of last season and into this, means he is the massive favourite for the men’s event.

Coral sport is offering plenty of great betting on the French Open over the next fortnight. In addition to plenty of match betting, there are also extensive In-Play betting options available on all the matches being played at the French Open including the men’s, women’s and all doubles games. However, it is in the outright betting market that there is the most interest.

So, before we take a look at who stands a chance in the ladies’ draw. Let’s see how Coral rate the chances of the players looking to usurp one of the true living legends of tennis.

Men’s Draw – Tournament Outright Winner Odds

  • Rafael Nadal – 2/5 favourite
  • Alexander Zverev – 7/1
  • Novak Djokovic – 11/1
  • Dominic Thiem -12/1
  • Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Georgi Dimitrov – 33/1
  • Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kei Nishikori – 40/1

With Roger Federer electing not to play the clay court season for the second year in a row and another of the ‘big four’, Britain’s Andy Murray, missing out as he recovers from injury, Rafael Nadal’s odds to win the title are incredibly short, although given his dominant performances on clay this season so far and at Roland Garros over the years, that is unsurprising. The Spaniard is hardly worth backing at those odds and indeed, it may be better having an each-way bet on one of the other players to reach the final to face him.

German Alexander Zverev, whose improved form on clay this season has seen his odds slashed in recent weeks down to 7/1.  That’s pretty short for a player who hasn’t got past the third round at Roland Garros in his career so far but his form in his first round win over Ricardas Berankis was spectacular (winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-2).

Another clay court specialist who can point to a win over Rafael Nadal on the surface in recent times is Dominic Thiem.. The seventh seed Austrian player has won ten singles titles on the ATP tour since turning professional and he does have a pedigree at this event, reaching the semi-finals in both 2016 and 2017.

Novak Djokovic at his best would have given Nadal a real run for his money but the 11/1 Coral are offering on the Serbian former world number one indicates that he is still some way away from his best and the feeling seems to be that while Djokovic should still go relatively far into the event, he may not have what it takes to truly trouble Nadal on the Spaniard’s favourite surface.

My outside bet here though would be Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss ace is a former winner of the French Open and has also claimed Australian Open and US Open titles in his career. He’s reached both of the past two finals in Paris and seems to raise his game in particular for this event. He does struggle a little with temperament at times and injuries have seen him below par on many occasions over the past few years, but at his best he is one of the few male players capable of really testing Nadal on this surface.

  • Our TipEach Way on Stanislav Wawrinka to win – 40/1 with Coral (pays out at ½ the stated odds if Wawrinka does not win the event but reaches the final).

French Open – Women’s Draw

In contrast to the men’s event, the women’s draw for the French Open this year is, as has been the case in many of the recent Grand Slam events, very open indeed. With Serena Williams still finding her way back to top form after her return to tennis after having a baby, this years event could be as open as last year when the winner was a 50/1 outsider at the start of the tournament, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

This year’s event could also see a longer odds winner and in terms of betting value, the women’s tournament certainly offers better value for punters than the men’s event does. Let’s now take a look at who he bookies think will stand a good chance of success in the women’s draw.

Women’s Draw – Tournament Outright Winner Odds

  • Elena Svitolina – 4/1 favourite
  • Simone Halep – 11/2
  • Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova – 11/1
  • Garbine Muguruza – 12/1
  • Serena Williams – 14/1
  • Karolina Pliskova – 16/1
  • Daria Kasatkina – 20/1
  • Caroline Wozniacki – 22/1
  • Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, Caroline Garcia – 25/1
  • Sloane Stephens – 28/1

The open nature of the women’s draw is shown by the fact that there are 17 players ranked at odds of 40/1 or less by Coral Sport, whereas in the men’s draw, just 12 are rated at 40/1 or less. The favourite in the women’s draw is 4/1 while Nadal is 2/5 odds on to win in the men’s event. Therefore punters, if you want your money’s worth then the female draw is the better of the two.

That’s not to say it is going to be easy to pick a winner. Last season saw four different Grand Slam winners and three of the last five Grand Slam winners have each won their first Grand Slam (Ostapenko at the French Open in 2017, Sloane Stephens US Open triumph in 2017 and Dane Caroline Wozniacki’s popular win at the Australian Open in January 2018).

It is also worth noting that the French Open has thrown up some surprise winners in the past including the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Myskina all winning the event since 2004.

Simone Halep has the talent to win a Grand Slam sooner rather than later but her temperament is so fragile that even at 11/2, I would worry about backing the talented Romanian. Serena Williams is tempting at 14/1 but she isn’t quite back at her devastating best and I think she may be a better option at Wimbledon in a couple of month’s time.

The two experienced players Sharapova and Kvitova are interesting prospects at 11/1, the former winning twice here in the past (2012 and 2014), but I think the best bet may well be the tough Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who won this event in 2017, followed by Wimbledon in 2017 and I think she has a great chance to earn her third Grand Slam win, and second French Open title at Roland Garros in the next fortnight.

  • Our Tip – Garbine Muguruza to win – 12/1 with Coral Sport