The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a two-week tennis tournament at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France.
After winning the first Grand Slam of this year, Rafael Nadal is the current 2022 French Open favorite. The Spaniard earned his nickname of “The King of Clay” by winning the Roland Garros 13 times. As for the women’s event, Ash Barty is the favorite despite announcing her retirement.
Get insights, the latest odds, and learn about different types of bets for this Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins on May 22.
French Open Betting 2022 – key Dates
|Date – Session||Session #||Gates open||Play starts (show courts)||Featured matches (singles)|
|Sun 22 May – Day||1||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||First round|
|Mon 23 May – Day||2||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||First round|
|Mon 23 May – Night||3||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||First round|
|Tue 24 May – Day||4||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||First round|
|Tue 24 May – Night||5||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||First round|
|Wed 25 May – Day||6||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Second round|
|Wed 25 May – Night||7||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Second round|
|Thu 26 May – Day||8||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Second round|
|Thu 26 May – Night||9||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Second round|
|Fri 27 May – Day||10||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Third round|
|Fri 27 May – Night||11||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Third round|
|Sat 28 May – Day||12||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Third round|
|Sat 28 May – Night||13||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Third round|
|Sun 29 May– Day||14||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Fourth round|
|Sun 29 May– Night||15||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Fourth round|
|Mon 30 May – Day||16||10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Fourth round|
|Mon 30 May – Night||17||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Fourth round|
|Tue 31 May – Day||18||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||Quarterfinals|
|Tue 31 May – Night||19||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Quarterfinals|
|Wed 1 Jun – Day||20||10:00 AM||12:00 PM||Quarterfinals|
|Wed 1 Jun – NIght||21||8:00 PM||9:00 PM||Quarterfinals|
|Thu 2 Jun – Day||22||10:00 AM||2:00 PM||Ladies' Semifinals|
|Fri 3 Jun – Day||23||10:00 AM||3:00 PM||Gentlemen’s semifinals|
|Sat 4 Jun – Day||24||10:00 AM||3:00 PM||Ladies' final|
|Sun 5 Jun – Day||25||10:00 AM||3:00 PM||Gentlemen’s final|
How & Where to Bet on The French Open
Futures Bets on The French Open
Tennis futures betting options let you wager on tournaments that haven’t started yet. Top betting sites offer futures odds for the French Open and the other three Grand Slams – US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open – for the majority of the year.
The most popular futures bet is wagering on who will be the outright winner of the tournament. Other popular options include:
- Stage of Elimination
- Quarter Winners
- First Time Winner
- Tournament Specials
- To Reach The Final
- Name The Finalists
This option lets you place action on the outright winner of a match. The underdog usually has positive (+) odds, and the favorite has negative (-) odds on the moneyline. Positive odds tell you how much you could win from a successful $100 stake. Negative odds, however, say how much you need to stake to get a potential return of $100.
|03/03/22 @ 10:00||Roger Federer||-2.5 (-150)||-235||O22.5 (+110)|
|Andy Murray||+2.5 (+130)||+190||U 22.5 (-130)|
Using the odds outlined above, if you bet $100 on Murray to defeat Federer, you will make $190 and a total payout of $290 ($100 initial stake + $190 – +190 odds – in winnings = $290) if the Scot wins. But if you decide to back the favorite with a $230 bet and Federer wins, you earn $100 and receive a total payout of $330 ($230 initial stake + $100 – -230 odds – in winnings = $330).
Game Spread Bets
Betting on the game spread is when you wager on a player to cover their spread of a number of games won. For instance, if Gael Monfils (+4.5) faced Roger Federer, he could lose the match (6-7, 4-6, 6-7) in straight sets but you would win the bet, as he only lost by four total games.
This wagering option lets you bet on whether a player will cover the set spread. The set spread is usually set at -1.5 .So, if Nadal was at (-1.5) in a matchup against Andy Murray, and you bet on him to cover, he would need to win the match in no more than four total sets for you to get a payout.
Over/Under (total games) Bets
This bet is when you wager on how many games will be in a match – UNDER the set number of total games or OVER. The set line is higher for evenly matched games and lower for more one-sided affairs.
Props are like extra bets you can place on specific aspects of a match or a tournament. Popular prop bets include predicting scores and over/under options on the number of aces scored.
Live US Open Bets
Online betting platforms give you various wagering options while a French Open match is in play. The odds for these wagers change depending on how the match is playing out.
Recent Winners of Men’s French Open – Opening Odds
|Year||Winner||Opening Odds To Win French Open (Men’s Singles)|
Recent Winners of Women’s French Open – Opening Odds
|Year||Winner||Opening Odds To Win French Open (Women’s Singles)|
The King of Clay
Rafael Nadal’s dominance at the French Open and on clay in general means that he is the man to beat even though he turns 36 during the 2022 tournament. However, as the Spaniard doesn’t have the best betting value, many futures bettors will go with Dominic Thiem. The Austrian has twice been runner-up to Nadal in Paris, so could 2022 finally be his year?
French Open Betting Strategies
The clay is the surface with the slowest pace and highest bounce in tennis, making for long, baseline rallies. As a result, the serve isn’t quite as effective as it is on other surfaces. On clay, good return is vital.
The surface at Stade Roland Garros can favor the most athletic and physically fit players. Any competitors carrying any injuries, even relatively minor ones, could struggle in this physically demanding tournament.
Before betting on the French Open, consider players with a history of success on clay, 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.
French Open History
The history of the French Open tennis tournament goes 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.
- The tournament started to accept international players in 1925.
- 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When & where does the 2022 French Open take place?
The 2022 French Open will start on May 22 and end on June 5 at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Who are the defending champions in the Men's & Women's Singles?
In the 2021 Men's Singles, Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 to lift the trophy.
As for the women's singles tournament, Unseeded Krejcikova upset the odds by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win the title.
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.
What’s the prize money at the 2022 French Open?
The prize purse of the 2022 French Open is €34,367,216. The champion will win €1,400,000, and the runner-up will take home €750,000.
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
What is the seeding system?
Seeding is used to separate to prevent top players from meeting in the early rounds. The top seed is the competitor the best player according to past record in the event and their - the ATP ranking. The tournament organizers then put the top and second seed at opposite ends of the draw to ensure they don't meet in the early rounds.