French Open Tennis Betting Tips, Offers, Odds and Preview, 22 May-5 June 2017
The French Open is tennis’ second Grand Slam of the year, following on from the Australian Open and should be a fascinating championship.
Rafa Nadal has dominated for the last decade but many began to doubt he would ever win a Slam again. That’s all changed. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering inexplicable drops in form, Rafa is the favourite once again.
Read on for our full French Open preview, along with betting tips, odds and bookies’ offers, as well as some stats, facts and trivia too!
French Open Betting Tips
Men’s French Open betting tip: Coming soon…
Women’s French Open betting tip: Coming soon…
French Open Tennis Betting Offers
All the best French Open offers will be listed here so check back as we’ll be adding more every day.
888sport Triple Odds
888sport offer new customers triple odds on their first bet of between £5 and £10. Winnings are paid in cash for the standard odds and then topped up to the treble odds in free bets.
Ladbrokes £50 Free Bet
Ok, this isn’t strictly a French Open offer but Ladbrokes’ £50 free bet (more info in our Ladbrokes bookie review) is a cracker. It is perfect for use on the French Open. Why not bet £50 on an individual match and then you’ll earn a £50 free bet to use on another game? Or to bet on the outright winner betting or perhaps the final?
French Open Tennis Betting Tips
Men’s French Open Betting Tips
Women’s French Open Betting Tips
Highlights of the 2014 Men’s Final
The 2014 final was a cracker as Nadal saw off Djokovic…
French Open Tennis History
The French Open, now commonly known as Roland-Garros, is held in late May to early June every year and is very appropriately named. Roland Garros was a French aviator in World War One who was innovative, brave and ready for the battle. All these things are crucial at the tennis tournament that takes his name; it is often called the toughest tennis tournament in the world.
Many of the greats of the game, with multiple Grand Slam victories, never even got close to winning the French Open. This esteemed list includes Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. Even dear old John McEnroe didn’t win it, losing his only final appearance in 1984. So who has been winning it this whole time?
The first man to win the French Open was actually a Brit (get in there!), mysteriously named “H” Briggs. Maybe a long lost relative of the fella from Steps, Briggs actually lived in Paris, and the 1891 French Open win was his only career Grand Slam.
Briggs’ win in his hometown only inspired later French men’s dominance at the tournament. A French player won every year in the men’s draw after Briggs until 1933, when Aussie Jack Crawford finally ended the run. However, much of this was down to cheeky rules by the French, who only allowed members of French tennis clubs to play at the tournament until 1925. This rule extended to the women’s event, which has been part of the tournament since 1897.
In 1935, it was again a Brit who won the world’s premier clay court tournament. This time it was Fred Perry, who before he was making polo shirts for mods was beating all-comers at Roland Garros. However, since Perry’s loss in the final in 1936, Brits have struggled. He made the final in 2016 and has two semi appearances too but can he win it?
Like many other tennis tournaments, the French Open often changed venue in its early years. It settled at its current home at Roland-Garros, Paris in 1928. The move to the newly built stadium was prompted by French tennis legends “the French Musketeers”. The famous foursome of Jacques “Toto” Burgnon, Jean Borotras, Henri Conchet and René Lacoste won the 1927 Davis Cup on American soil, against all odds. To stage the return match in Paris, the French Tennis Federation were given three hectares of land, where they built a new stadium named Roland-Garros. The Musketeers won the rematch in the new stadium, and the rest is history. Lacoste took the seemingly inevitable career path of tennis player to polo shirt salesmen, while “Toto” would form an American rock band which has sold over 35 million records worldwide to date…or am I getting confused?
The French Open was cancelled from 1940 to 1945 due to the Second World War but restarted and remained a key tournament in the world tennis calendar. The winners of the tournament became more international in flavour as the years progressed. There have been only a handful of French winners in both the men’s and women’s events since those years of early domination. Since the French Open became the first “open” Grand Slam for both professionals and amateurs in 1968, the most successful men’s players in Paris include Bjorn Borg (six wins), Ivan Lendl (three wins) and Mats Wilander (also three wins). In the women’s event, Chris Evert (seven), Steffi Graf (six) and Justine Henin with four successes, have been the most successful players of the open era.
The noisy neighbours from Spain have often produced the best clay court players over recent years including the imperious Rafael Nadal. Rafa has nine wins coming into 2017 and is truly the king of Roland-Garros. Spaniards are often brought up playing on clay and other fine exponents on the crushed brick from the land of paella include Sergi Bruguera, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Alex Corretja.
Of course, none of these players have come close to Nadal, whose record at the French Open prior to the 2017 tournament read played 75, won 72, lost just thrice! His combination of great athleticism and heavy top spin makes him almost unplayable in Paris. Nadal supports Real Madrid and 2017 may just be the year he achieves La Decima of his own.
French Open Trivia, Stats and Facts
- All matches at the French Open are played in the daytime; Roland-Garros doesn’t have floodlights.
- The French Open has had equal prize money for men and women since the 2007 tournament, with the winner in 2017 taking home a cool €2,100,000.
- The 1978 women’s event was won by none other than Sue Barker. The BBC’s tennis presenter won her only slam at Roland-Garros and was the last Brit to reach the final.
- Only three players (all Australian) won the tournament in both the amateur and open era; men Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver, and the aptly named female champion Margaret Court.
- René Lacoste was champion at the French Open three times in 1925, 1927 and 1929. His clothes brand logo, a crocodile, was his nickname, so called due to his tenacity on the court.
- Yearly, on the eve of the tournament starting, the Benny Berthet exhibition day takes place, with matches being played for various charities.
- The men’s trophy is called La Coupe des Mousquetaires and was created in its current guise by Philippe Chatrier (after whom the main court at Rolland Garros is named) in 1981 to commemorate the famous musketeers of French tennis. The women’s equivalent is called, less prosaically, the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, after the French tennis sensation of the 1910s and 1920s.
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