- BetOnline and Bovada have opening odds on the Men’s and Women’s 2021 French Open
- Rafael Nadal (+110) is always chalked to win on clay but Novak Djokovic (+225) is now just two Grand Slam titles back on the all-time list after his win in Melbourne
- Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka (+1000) has never advanced past the third round in Roland-Garros
Rafael Nadal is the favorite to win his 14th-career French Open this May and breaks a tie with Roger Federer atop the all-time Grand Slam standings with his 21st major title.
The Spaniard is gunning for his fifth-straight victory at Roland-Garros, but there hasn’t been a repeat winner on the women’s side of the tournament since Justine Henin-Hardenne won three in a row from 2005 to 2007.
While tennis’ second Slam of the season is still months away, let’s check the opening odds for the French Open for both the Men’s and Women’s draws to see if there are any early values.
Men’s French Open 2021 Odds
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Does Nadal have anything left?
Rafael Nadal (+110) was cruising Down Under before a shocking quarter-finals defeat to World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas that saw him lose despite being two sets up. Novak Djokovic (+225) went on to win his ninth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy, pulling him within two of Nadal and Roger Federer (+1600), who should be healthy for the French Open after missing a whole year recovering from two knee surgeries.
Given Nadal has only won twice in his last 16 appearances at majors outside of Paris, the pressure will be squarely on the 34-year-old to hold serve on clay with Djokovic breathing down his neck. The 33-year-old Serbian is the last man not named Nadal to win at Roland Garros, claiming the 2016 title, but the Spaniard thumped him in last year’s final in straight sets.
‘I still believe Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal overtake Roger Federer,’ says Goran Ivanisevic https://t.co/sjyFuRNAPo
— TennisBuzz (@TennisBuzzBlog) February 22, 2021
Dominic Thiem (+400) didn’t get past the quarter-finals in the 2020 French Open, but he defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals in 2019 before losing to Rafa in the final. The 2020 US Open champion also fell to Nadal in the 2018 final and the 2017 semi-finals, so the snake-bitten Austrian has enjoyed considerable success in Paris despite never winning.
While longshots have rarely paid off in an era dominated by Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Diego Schwartzman (+3300) is a solid bet considering he made the semi-finals last year and the quarter-finals in 2018 before losing to Nadal both times.
Women’s French Open 2021 Odds
Swiatek and Halep co-favored in women’s draw
Reigning champion Iga Swiatek (+500) and 2018 winner Simona Halep (+500) are co-favorites in the Women’s 2021 French Open, with 2019 victor Ashleigh Barty (+1000) and 2016 champ Garbiñe Muguruza (+1000) also expected to be in the mix.
Past performance has not been indicative of future results at Roland-Garros, however, as Serena Williams (+1400) and Maria Sharapova have been the only two women to win the tournament more than once over the past decade.
Simply stunning ✨
— wta (@WTA) February 27, 2021
Quickly becoming the new face of women’s tennis, Naomi Osaka (+1000) may have trouble following up her Australian Open triumph given that she has never advanced past the third round in Paris. Bianca Andreescu (+1000) is an even worse bet as she recently hurt herself again after just coming off a 15-month injury layoff.
The best betting approach to the women’s draw may be to monitor who’s playing well on clay heading into the tournament in May. Check back for our updated picks in the weeks and months to come.
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