It’s time now to take an early look at the rapidly approaching 2021 French Open so you can start planning your bets against their French Open odds. Let’s get right to it so you can find where the best Tennis betting value lies.
Early 2021 French Open Betting Preview
After the 2020 French Open got postponed to September, the tournament organizers returned the jewel of the clay-court circuit back to May. Still, the 2021 French Open wasn’t immune to the COVID-19 pandemic and got postponed once more, now taking place on May 30- Jun 13.
Regardless, the seven-day postponement shouldn’t have much of an impact on the players and their preparations for the second Grand Slam of the year. That said, the 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has noted that he is not too keen about it.
The one-week postponement has now closed the gap between the French Open and Wimbledon to only two weeks, which could impact the player’s preparation for the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
“The only thing that is a little bit less positive is we have one week less between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. That is the main issue, more than about the preparations, for me personally, for Roland Garros. I don’t think it’s going to make a big change,” said Nadal.
Even with his concerns, the “King of Clay” enters the Roland Garros as the main favorite to claim his record 14th crown. So, as we look ahead to the 125h edition of the tournament, the question is not so much whether Nadal can win, but rather if there is anyone who can stop him?
Odds to win French Open men’s singles
- Rafael Nadal -120
- Novak Djoković +200
- Dominic Thiem +400
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +800
- Daniil Medvedev +1800
- Andrey Rublev +1800
- Alexander Zverev +2000
- Diego Schwartzman +2500
- Roger Federer +3000
- Jannik Sinner +3300
- Stan Wawrinka +5000
For the past few weeks, the betting odds on French Open have seen quite a bit of movement, although there were no big shifts amongst the favorites. Nadal has been the main favorite to win the trophy since January, with Djoković in second and Thiem in third.
Just this week, however, there were big odds movements with other players. After winning the Monte-Carlo Masters and making it to the finals of the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ odds dropped from +1800 to +800.
The Top Three
If we look at the offered odds for the 2021 French Open, there isn’t much that would surprise you. Nadal has the best odds to win, which makes perfect sense considering the “King of Clay” has won 13 of the last 16 French Opens – including four in a row.
The world no.1 Djoković is in second at +200, having won at Roland Garros in 2016 and hasn’t finished worse than quarter-finals since 2009. He made it to the finals last year and the semi-finals in 2019.
Close behind is Thiem, who has made only seven appearances at the French Open. His first two trips to Roland Garros ended in a second-round exit, but the 27-year-old Austrian player has since looked much improved.
Thiem has made it to the semi-finals in 2016 and 2017, to which he added two grand finals appearances in 2018 and 2019. Last year, Thiem crashed out of the quarter-finals when he lost to Diego Schwartzman 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 2-6.
While there are many appealing bets to take for the 2021 French Open, it’s very difficult to side against Nadal. He has won each of the last 10 French Opens except for in 2015 (QF) and 2016 (withdrew – injury). There will come a time when the King of Clay will get replaced, but until then, Nadal will remain the man to beat at Roland Garros.