Such is Rafael Nadal’s dominance at the French Open and on clay generally, that even though he turns 35-years old during the 2021 tournament, he is unquestionably the man to beat. However, the betting odds on the Spaniard are not attractive and the better value wager could be Dominic Thiem.
The Austrian has twice been runner-up to Nadal in Paris and, although he was defeated in the quarterfinals to Schwartzman in 2020, that just a couple of weeks after winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. He will be far fresher physically and emotionally this year.
What are the best strategies when betting on the French Open?
It’s well known that clay is the surface with the slowest pace and highest bounce in tennis, which can make for long, baseline rallies. The serve isn’t quite the weapon that it can be on other surfaces, with a good return being a key factor on clay.
The surface at Stade Roland Garros can favor the most athletic and physically fit players. Any players carrying any injuries, even relatively minor ones, could struggle in what is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tournament in the game.
When looking to bet on the French Open, it also pays to look at players with a history of success on clay and particularly those that have had good results during the current clay season, such as the Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open, Madrid Open and Italian Open.
Who are the favorites to win the 2021 Men’s & Women’s Singles?
These are the current betting odds for the Men’s and Women’s tournaments at the 2021 French Open:
Betting Predictions for the 2021 French Open
Novak Djokovic can never be discounted and Stefanos Tsitsipas is another significant contender. It’s worth noting that Daniil Medvedev has been knocked out in the first round in all four of his appearances at the French Open to date, so he’s perhaps worth avoiding.
In the Women’s tournament, defending champion Iga Swiatek goes to Paris in good form and could definitely retain her title. However, Aryna Sabalenka recently won the Madrid Open and could be worth backing at attractive betting odds.
Simona Halep and Ashleigh Barty are understandably both among the favorites, but there is a risk in backing either with the pair of them having had injury concerns of late.
French Open History
The history of the French Open tennis tournament can be traced back to the Championnat de France in 1891, a tournament that was only open to tennis players of French clubs.
- The first winner was British player H. Briggs, a resident of Paris who was a member of the Club Stade Francais.
- The first women’s singles tournament (with just four entrants) was held in 1897, and was won by Adine Masson.
- It wasn’t until 1925 that the tournament was opened to international players.
- The tournament was played at various venues until moved to the Stade de Roland Garros (named after a World War I fighter pilot hero) in 1928.
* French Open betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds subject to fluctuations.
Frequently Asked Questions
When & where does the 2021 French Open take place?
The 2021 French Open will be played from 30 May to 13 June and will be held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Who are the defending champions in the Men’s & Women’s Singles?
In the 2020 Men’s Singles, Rafael Nadal won a fourth straight French Open title and a 13th overall when he defeated Novak Djokovic, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Nadal did not lose a single set throughout the entire tournament.
In the Women’s Singles there was a first Grand Slam title for Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, who beat Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 6-1 in the final. Like Nadal, Swiatek did not drop a set throughout the entire tournament. She also didn’t lose more than four games in any set, and did not lose more than five games in any match.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place between 24 May and 7 June, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was eventually moved back to 27 September to 11 October.
What surface is the French Open played on?
The French Open is played on what is regularly described as “red clay”, but is in fact white limestone covered with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust
While the Roland Garros surface is invariably characterized as "red clay", the courts are in fact surfaced with a 3-inch layer of porous white limestone covered with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust.
What’s the prize money at the 2021 French Open?
The total prize money pool at the 2021 French Open is €38 million. The winner of the Men’s and Women’s Singles will each receive €1,600,000, with the runners-up each earning €800,000.
Who are the most successful players in the history of the French Open?
The most successful players in the Open era (since 1968) in the French Open are as follows:
- Rafael Nadal – 13
- Bjorn Borg – 6
- Mats Wilander – 3
- Ivan Lendl – 3
- Gustavo Kuerten – 3
- Chris Evert – 7
- Steffi Graf – 6
- Justine Henin – 4
- Margaret Court – 3
- Arantxa Sanchez Vicario – 3
- Monica Seles – 3
- Serena Williams - 3