French Open 2018: Schedule, Favourites, Betting Odds
The French Open 2018 is the 122nd edition of the tournament and the 2nd Grand Slam contest which takes place this year. The competition is held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris from Sunday 27 May to Sunday 10 June. The tournament consists of tennis matches for single players, doubles and mixed doubles.
French Open 2017 winner, Rafael Nadal, came back to defend his champion’s title and break his own record. It may be the 11th French Open trophy for the most famous Spanish tennis player. Rafael Nadal is occupying the top position in the latest men’s ATP rankings, so, the tennis legend undoubtedly has all chances to be the best in France. In the first round, he was supposed to face Alexandr Dolgopolov, however, the Ukrainian sportsman withdrew from the competition. As a result, Rafael Nadal in his kick-off game faced Italian Simone Bolelli, who was lucky to participate in his twelfth consecutive French Open.
Women’s French Open 2017 tournament champion Jelena Ostapenko has already failed in defending her title. The last season’s winner was outcompeted by Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova in the first day of the competition (5-7, 3-6). It’s worth mentioning that last year the Latvian was the first player who won the women’s singles title being a non-seeded competitor.
Now, let’s have a look at French Open 2018 fixtures. The first-round games took place from 27 to 29 May, while the French Open final matches for women and men will be played on 9 and 10 June respectively.
French Open Schedule
|Sunday, 27 May — Tuesday, 29 May||First round|
|Wednesday, 30 May — Thursday, 31 May||Second round|
|Friday, June 1 — Saturday, June 2||Third round|
|Sunday, June 3 — Monday, June 4||Round of 16|
|Tuesday, June 5 — Wednesday, June 6||Quarter-finals|
|Thursday, June 7||Semi-finals (women)|
|Friday, June 8||Semi-finals (men)|
|Saturday, June 9||Final (women)|
|Sunday, June 10||Final (men)|
French Open Winner Betting Odds
Online betting websites have long offered betting odds for the best tennis players to become the outright tournament winner. Therefore, it is high time to delve into French Open tennis betting and look at best tennis players’ chances of winning Roland Garros this year.
Men’s singles. As expected, Rafael Nadal is bookmakers’ favourite to lift the 2018 French Open tennis trophy. Spaniard’s victory is now offered at odds of 2/5. Let’s take a peek at prices provided by online betting sites for all best rivals to win one of the most prestigious Grand Slam titles.
Rafael Nadal – 2/5;
Alexander Zverev – 9/1;
Novak Djokovic – 11/1;
Dominik Thiem – 14/1;
David Goffin – 39/1;
Juan Martin Del Potro – 39/1
Rafael Nadal, as you see, is followed by Alexander Zverev (9/1) who is occupying the third position in the latest ATP rankings. It is worth to remember, however, that the German tennis player didn’t manage to pass the first round of French Open tennis tournament last year, losing his first play to Fernando Verdasco. As for the current contest, Alexander Zverev left no chances to his first-round opponent Ricardas Berankis, achieving impressive French Open results: 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic is the No.3 bookies’ favourite at the tournament in the capital of France. In his entertaining match-opening, the Serbian tennis star outplayed Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva (6-3, 6-4, 6-4). It is necessary to add that Novak Djokovic has the experience of winning this year’s trophy — he was the best in 2016.
Women’s Singles. When looking to women’s singles, there is no one clear bookies’ favourite. With that, all sportsbooks place Ukrainian Elina Svitolina at the top of the list of players who have the highest chances to win Roland Garros this year. With 4/1 average winner betting odds, the Ukrainian player is in advance of Simona Halep (11/2) and Petra Kvitova (8/1). In the first round, Elina Svitolina beat Croatian-Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (7-5, 6-3). It is worth noting that in the first set, the Ukrainian managed to come back after losing 1-5.
Let’s look through all betting operators’ prices offered for the best players for women’s singles.
Elina Svitolina – 4/1;
Simona Halep – 11/2;
Petra Kvitova – 8/1;
Maria Sharapova – 10/1;
Garbine Muguruza – 11/1;
Serena Williams – 13/1;
Karolina Pliskova – 15/1;
Caroline Wozniacki – 19/1
Simona Halep is the second favourite who has the highest chances to win the French Open 2018 (11/2). The Romanian player is the No.1 in ATP women’s rankings, however, as many as five other rivals can lead the list of the best world’s tennis players after Roland Garros 2018: Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, and Caroline Garcia.
It’s worthwhile to note that the USA’s legend Serena Williams also participates in the tournament. French Open 2016 was the last contest in France for the 36-year old player — the last-year tournament was missed due to pregnancy. Despite the fact that Serena Williams is now occupying only the 453rd position in the women’s ATP rankings, she is not far behind sportsbooks’ favourites to win the silverware (13/1).
Now you know French Open order of play, sportsbooks’ favourites and betting odds. What about making your decision and placing a winning bet!?