The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a two-week tennis tournament on a clay surface, held at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France.
Men's French Open 2023 Winner Odds
|Carlos Alcaraz Garfia||+175|
|Felix Auger Aliassime||+4000|
|Alex de Minaur||+6600|
Women's French Open 2023 Winner Odds
|Leylah Annie Fernandez||+4000|
|Beatriz Haddad Maia||+4000|
The King of Clay
After winning the first Grand Slam of 2022 Rafael Nadal was the 2022 French Open favorite. The Spaniard earned his nickname of “The King of Clay” by winning the Roland Garros 13 times. Nadal defeated Casper Ruud in the final, 6–3, 6–3, 6–0 to win the men’s singles tennis title at the 2022 French Open.
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
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 was €34,367,216. The champion will win €1,400,000, and the runner-up will take home €750,000. 2023 is TBC.
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 – 14
- 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.
Is The French Open a Grand Slam Event?
Yes - it is one of four events in the tennis calendar, which starts with the Australian Open in January, the French Open (also known as Roland Garros) from around late May to early June, then Wimbledon in June–July, and finally in August–September the US Open.