The French Open starts on Sunday 28th May, and lasts for two weeks with the final on Sunday 11th June.
Favourite for the French Open is Rafael Nadal, who can be backed at 1.80. This price is very short as a consequence of his form in 2017. He was unbeaten in 17 matches leading up until the Rome Masters quarter final, where he lost to Dominic Thiem. The 17 match winning streak was an impressive reversal of form, but in doing so he only had to face one player ranked in the top five, Djokovic. To win the French Open, it is likely he will face harder opposition. At 1.80 he is very short, and punters will look for value elsewhere.
Murray is available at a price of 11.00, which is similar to how he was priced going into the Rome Masters, despite his continuation of poor form, being knocked out by Fabio Fognini. There is no better opportunity than the French Open to reverse the poor form he is in, and he’ll be looking to build confidence having lost five of his last ten matches. We wouldn’t see much value to be had here either.
The surprise winner of the Rome Masters was the young 20 year old Alexander Zverev. The 1,000 points he earned catapulted him into the top ten rankings, and as such, his odds to win the French Open have shortened considerably. This will place new pressure on him, but history would suggest he is capable of dealing with this.
He beat his childhood hero Roger Federer last year at Halle, and later in the year he beat Stan Wawrinka. Add his defeat of Djokovic and there can be little doubt he has developed the capability to beat the top players.
Djokovic after the loss confirmed rumours that Andre Agassi was set to become his new coach. At first it may seem to be an odd appointment, especially considering Agassi has been absent from the sport, including television punditry. There will be two aspects to Agassi which will appeal to Djokovic.
Firstly, Djokovic needs to reinvent himself, and find motivation after achieving so much already in the game. Agassi achieved exactly this, after recovering from a 141 world ranking to win the French Open and all four majors.
Secondly, what Agassi has done away from the game is a lot of charity work, especially in the education sphere. The one survivor of Djokovic’s coaching team was Pepe Imaz, who has an approach revolving around love and well being. These values will align to Agassi’s work. Going into the Rome Masters, Djokovic was priced at 6.50, which has shortened to just 3.75 so it’s possible that a combination of reaching the final last week and working with Agassi gives bookmakers more confidence he will progress well in the French Open.
Punters will need to look out past the top four to find value this year.
How to Watch the 2017 French Open
Great news is that ITV have the broadcasting rights to show the French Open in the UK. Additionally, there will be some games on Eurosport.
It’s also one of the better sporting events that you can stream with Bet 365.
2017 French Open Betting Odds
Here are the odds for the outright winner of the French Open. Odds are supplied by Bet 365 and are accurate at time of publishing (subject to change) on the 6th June:
- Rafael Nadal – 1.50
- Novak Djokovic – 7.00
- Andy Murray – 8.00
- Stan Wawrinka – 9.00
- Dominic Thiem – 17.00
- Marin Cilic – 29.00
- Kei Nishikori – 34.00
- Pablo Carreno-Busta – 151.00
French Open Betting Offers
There are loads of offers for the French Open. Here are the eight, and for the latest see our tennis page.
- Money back if the match goes to five sets – There are a few bookmakers running with this offer; 10Bet, Real Deal Bet and Boylesports. The finer details are also similar, as both will offer a max refund of £20 and both are paid as a free bet.
- Double winnings if your player loses the first set – Back a player to win any match during the French Open, and if they lose the first set, but go onto win the match, then Betway will double your winnings as a free bet.
- Place five bets and get a £10 free bet – Place five bets of £10 or more on the French Open on a given day, and Betfair will give you a £10 free bet.
- Place five bets and get double winnings – Place five or more £10 in-play bets during one day on the French Open, and 888sport will give you a 100% profit boost token to use the following day.
- Place ten bets and get a free bet equal to your average stake – lace ten in-play bets on the French Open, and NetBet will give you a free bet equal to your average stake.
- Get paid early as a winner if your player goes two sets up – Back a player to win in any Mens single match, and if they go two sets up at any point, Paddy Power will pay you out early as a winner.
- Weekly tennis loyal offer – This currently runs up until 19th June with Paddy Power, so will cover the French Open. Place 50 bets on tennis and get a free bet to the value of your average stake.
- Get a bonus on your French Open accumulators – If you’re placing an accumulator, then make sure you get the biggest bonus possible. Winner and Bet 365 have the best offers, but you can get the full write-up here.