French Open Betting 101: Beginner’s Guide (2021)

Read on for our ultimate guide to French Open betting, including a run through the upcoming tournament, the most popular betting markets, useful strategies, top players and French Open betting tips and odds.

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The 5 French Open Betting Sites

  1. bet365
  2. LeoVegas
  3. 1BET
  4. Unibet
  5. Sportsbet.io

French Open Betting 2021 Odds

The 2021 French Open is slated to begin on Sunday, 30th May, with the finals set to take place on Sunday, 13th June. Despite still being some time away, most bookmakers already have their outright men and women’s odds available, while their match odds will be released as soon as the games are announced.

Best French Open Betting Odds (Men’s Single Outright Odds 2021)

PlayerOddsBookmaker
Rafael Nadal 1.83 bet365
Novak Djokovic 5.00 Paddy Power
Stefanos Tsitsipas 9.00 Unibet
Dominic Thiem 7.00 bet365
Alexander Zverev 19.00 Betfred
Jannik Sinner 36.00 Unibet
Andrey Rublev 34.00 Paddy Power
Casper Ruud 56.00 Paddy Power
Aslan Karatsev 41.00 Unibet
Matteo Berrettini 56.00 Paddy Power

*Odds correct at 19:32 GMT on 20/05/2021

Best French Open Betting Odds (Women’s Singles Outright Odds 2021)

PlayerOddsBookmaker
Iga Swiatek 6.00 Unibet
Simona Halep7.00 BoyleSports
Garbine Muguruza 11.00 bet365
Naomi Osaka11.00 bet365

bet365 French Open Betting Odds (Men’s Singles Outright Odds)

bet365 tennis odds*Odds correct at 13:53 GMT on 24/3/2021

Unibet French Open Betting Odds (Women’s Singles Outright Odds)

Unibet tennis odds*Odds correct at 13:55 GMT on 24/3/2021

As the tournament edges closer, you will see far more markets opening up, with French Open predictions also being published. You will already have witnessed this pattern of events if you decided to get involved with Australian Open betting earlier on this year. 

You can also check out our guide to the best tennis betting sites to further reinforce your knowledge, along with our following section containing our French Open betting tips.

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2021 French Open Betting Predictions (Men’s Singles)

The screenshots above allude to the fact that Rafael Nadal is once again the big favourite to claim the French Open title. However, there are several players that will look to give him a run for his money.

Perhaps it will be old nemesis Novak Djokovic that takes the crown from Nadal, or one of the up-and-coming stars, who could give the old master a lesson on clay. Read on for our rundown of the players that are most likely to win the competition, and why this might be their year, in our French Open betting predictions below.

Rafael Nadal

While Rafael Nadal may have to battle against the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the title of the greatest-ever male tennis player, there is no arguing over the fact that he is the greatest ever player on a clay court.

Nadal has won the last four French Opens in a row, with wins in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In fact, of the 16 French Opens Nadal has participated in, he has won an astounding 13 times. His quarter-final and third-round exits in 2015 and 2016 seem to have spurred the Spaniard on and, even though he is edging closer to being 35-years-old, he still plays on the clay court with the vim and vigour of someone half his age.

Anyone wanting to beat Nadal and wrestle the trophy from his grasp certainly has their work cut out for them, with most French Open predictions backing him to win once again.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Rafael Nadal: bet365

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has been earmarked as the player most likely to finally end Nadal’s domination on clay. Djokovic began 2021 by storming to a third-successive Australian Open title. However, the Serb’s fortunes have not been quite so good at the French Open in recent years, having won just once out of 16 attempts, while he has been the runner-up on four separate occasions.

Djokovic’s hopes of ending the year with all four Grand Slams under his control face their toughest test in France, and how he fares in the tournament could have a major impact on the rest of his campaign.

Those rooting for Djokovic will hope that Nadal will be taken out of the competition to avoid the two having to meet on the courts. However, Djokovic himself is fully confident that he has the ability to defeat the feared Spaniard. It may yet be the first time the Serbian has claimed a clean sweep of Grand Slam titles, and this could all start with victory at the French Open.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Novak Djokovic: 888sport

Dominic Thiem

Touted by many to be the King of Clay once Nadal retires, Dominic Thiem has been slowly but surely improving with each match that has passed.

Having claimed the 2020 US Open title, Thiem came into 2021 looking to add another crown to his trophy cabinet. However, a disappointing fourth-round exit at the Australian Open saw his year start in indifferent circumstances. Perhaps the bookies placing this much faith in Thiem is a reaction to his impressive run at the competition throughout his career. 2016 and 2017 saw the Austrian make it to the semi-finals, while he placed as runner-up in the 2018 and 2019 iteration of the tournament.

With the likes of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer all getting on in years, perhaps it is time for Thiem and the next generation to finally emerge from under their shadow.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Dominic Thiem: Unibet

French Open Betting Predictions: The Outsiders

Everyone loves an outsider. Outside bets have seen many a bettor snag a big win that few saw coming, and are a big reason why so many people enjoy wagering on the unpredictable nature of sport.

Our first outside bet is Roger Federer. While Federer may not consistently be at the level of Nadal and Djokovic anymore, he is still able to put on a masterclass and beat anyone on the circuit. At 39-years-old he is still doing his best to defy the effects of time, but the bookies do not seem to have much faith in his ability to win the French Open, as he is currently at 41.00 with Unibet (correct at 15:33 GMT on 24/3/2021). However, at those odds, the Swiss master will likely constitute a great value bet for some.

Alexander Zverev is a player that seems to have been on the cusp of greatness for so long, despite only being 23-years-old. With a runners-up medal in the 2020 US Open, marking his best finish in a Grand Slam, the German will be itching to go one better at the French. His six-foot, six-inch frame makes him a powerhouse when serving, together with his powerful baseline hitting. A losing quarter-final at the Australian Open earlier in the year shows he is no slouch in knock-out tennis, and perhaps the big German constitutes a good bet at 21.00 with 888sport (correct at 15:37 GMT on 24/3/2021).

Daniil Medvedev is currently the second-best player in the world according to the rankings, and he will be eager to live up to – and exceed – this title at the French Open this year. A hardly impressive run at Grand Slam events has seen the Russian make two finals and a semi-final in 18 attempts, but the 25-year-old had at least made it earlier on to the 2021 Australian Open final, along with the 2020 US Open semi-final. Odds of 17.00 from BoyleSports (correct at 13:31 GMT on 24/3/2021) offer some value but, with Medvedev not troubling the best right now, perhaps they are not quite long enough to warrant a large surge towards backing him.

Many other players will likely have a good run in the tournament and could offer considerable value, such is the certainty from most that Nadal will win again. Therefore, there is a lot of value to be had on the men’s side of the draw. However, be aware of the fact that Nadal’s domination on clay courts is almost unrelenting, and it doesn’t seem like he will relinquish his grasp on the trophy anytime soon.

2021 French Open Betting Predictions (Women’s Singles) 

The women’s side of the French Open has once again brought with it a very balanced field, as no one player can really be singled out as the outright favourite. While this can make betting on the women’s side a bit more difficult, it does mean there is a lot of value to be had. Below, we have included a rundown of the favourites and the outsiders in our French Open betting predictions for the women’s competition.

Iga Swiatek

In what has been an incredible few years for the young Iga Swiatek, the Polish star has climbed up to 16th in the world rankings, and is the favourite with some bookmakers to win the French Open this year. Defending the French Open this term will not be easy, though, as she faces stern competition from some other brilliant tennis players.

A fourth-round exit at the Australian Open earlier in the year was not the ideal scenario heading into the French Open; however, with the surface switching to clay, perhaps the 19-year-old is on the cusp of winning two French Opens in a row. Statistically, Swiatek is looking to maintain and improve upon her 91% winning record at the French Open, and add a second Grand Slam title to her trophy cabinet in as many years.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Iga Swiatek: Unibet

Simona Halep

At odds of 7.00 with Unibet (correct at 13:37 GMT on 24/3/2021), Simona Halep is right on the heels of Swiatek to be named the favourite to win the competition this year. A decent showing at the 2021 Australian Open saw a run to the quarter-finals, but Halep will be looking to go a few steps further this time around.

The Romanian last won the French Open in 2018, constituting one of only two Grand Slam triumphs she has clinched. It shows just how open this competition is that Halep, who has little pedigree in winning Slams, is the second-favourite. Despite this, many will back the 29-year-old to win a third Slam and, with no clear favourite, perhaps she will be the one to dash Swiatek’s dreams of a second-straight French Open crown.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Simona Halep: BoyleSports

Naomi Osaka 

One of the great talents of female tennis right now, the 23-year-old Naomi Osaka has many years left to give the sport. With already four Grand Slams to her name – the Australian Open (2019 and 2021) and the US Open (2018 and 2020) – Osaka will be looking to make it three Slams in a row when she competes at the French Open, after winning the last two major tournaments on the bounce.

Her hopes of making it three from three, thus edging closer to a clean sweep of Slams in 2021, now hinge on the French Open. While she has drifted price-wise, we feel her odds of 11.00 with bet365 (correct at 13:53 GMT on 24/3/2021) are too long. Osaka did not compete at the 2020 French Open, and the absense of the current world number two could very well be why Swiatek was able to claim the winning title.

Regardless of past tournaments, Osaka has looked to be in fine form of late and she may be a shrewd bet, especially if she hits the ground running in France.

Best French Open betting site to bet on Naomi Osaka: bet365

French Open Betting Predictions: The Outsiders 

There are a number of other players that also make for good bets going into the competition, such as Garbine Muguruza, Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin. That being said, the outsider most people will scan their bookmaker for is Serena Williams. Currently coming in at 17.00 with BoyleSports (correct 16:33 GMT on 24/3/2021), the 23-time Slam winner may not have tasted silverware since the Australian Open back in 2017. Nevertheless, she is still the most feared tennis player to face off against on the planet. Back against her at your own risk!

French Open Betting Tips And Strategies

Before you start to make the most out of your French Open betting tips, make sure that you have read our below compilation of betting tips and strategies.

1. Consider the Surface

This is a huge one. As previously mentioned, Rafael Nadal has been outstanding on the court over the last two decades and while he is superb on grass and hard courts, he is a tennis demon on clay, and seems nearly unbeatable. This is why the Spaniard has become the go-to for bookies and bettors when it comes to wagering on the men’s French Open.

It is therefore absolutely vital that you know how a player has generally performed on a certain surface. If they go into a tournament at 40.00 (for example) despite impressing at the Australian Open, it will probably be because they have struggled on clay. It is very easy to find out the relevant stats when it comes to performances on specific surfaces, and this should have a massive impact on how you bet.

2. Look at the Seedings

While the seedings will not always show you how the tournament will play out, it will give you a good idea which players are in form. If Djokovic goes into the tournament as 20th seed then, despite his pedigree in tennis, he has clearly not been enjoying his time on the court of late. A seeding refers to the ranking the top players get in both the men and women’s tournaments, with higher seeds facing lower-ranked opponents, meaning they get an advantage.

Similarly, the seedings will also decide which players will play on a certain side of the draw. For example, the first and second seed will be kept apart, meaning that if they both win all of their games, then they will meet in the final. This is also important for the so-called smaller players. If they are on the same side of the draw as Nadal, then you'll have a big decision to make, as they will likely have to beat the Spaniard before the final and then play Djokovic too. However, if they are on the other side of the draw, they may be able to dodge a match with Djokovic, hoping that Nadal will be knocked out by somebody on the other side of the draw too.

3. Observe Player Preparation 

Preparation is everything in tennis. Going into a game on the back of a few wins can be the difference between hitting the ground running and winning a tricky opening draw, and losing because a player’s serve is off-target. Rest is also massively important as, if a player excels across the latter part of the year before struggling in Australia, then this could be because they have not had enough time off the court for recovery.

Sometimes, a slump in form could just be a blip, and the player has done everything they can to get back fighting fit. Otherwise, it could be due to something that will take a lot longer to fix, and will therefore likely impact their chances of success at the French Open.

4. Look Up Past Tournament Results

Much like the seedings, past results will not tell you exactly how the competition will end, but they can give you vital insight into how certain players have fared on different surfaces and at different events.

For example, a player may be a serial Grand Slam winner like Roger Federer, with 20 Slams to his name. However, he has not excelled at the French Open, only claiming one of his titles on clay. While this is partly due to Nadal’s dominance there, it is also because of the surface itself. Clearly, certain players have hunting grounds they feel more comfortable on.. 

5. Check Out Head-To-Heads

Some players will be petrified of playing against a certain opponent. One such example would be Serena Williams when she was on top form, as she was such a dominant force in the sport. 

Looking at rankings and head-to-head results show you how players have fared against a particular opponent, and it may see you revise your decision to back a player. Of course, you should also be aware of how head-to-head results change on different surfaces. Your choice may have dominated their opponent on hard court and grass in all of their meetings, meaning that you could back them only to find out that your pick has lost their last 10 matches in a row on clay. 

6. Factor in Crowd Reactions

Support from spectators can be a massive reason why a player can bounce back from being two sets down, or stave off their injury to see them through a game. Having the audience cheering a player on can give them a major psychological boost, while negative, demotivating behaviour can see their concentration wane, causing their overall performance to suffer.

Of course, it is worth knowing that the crowd affects some players, but not others. Djokovic is a famous example of this, as jeers and insults from onlookers only seem to spur him on and take his game to the next level. Spectator hostility can sometimes be just as empowering as a positive show of support.

Match Length

In the men’s game, the French Open is played across five sets, meaning that the physical toll that the conditions in Roland-Garros have on a player is increased massively. This can be a major problem for the younger players as they are not used to playing the best of five, which can see their levels in performance suffer as the match goes into the fourth and fifth sets. Meanwhile, a seasoned pro that has played in five-set matches often will know how to conserve energy levels effectively, giving them a major advantage if the contest goes the distance.

Popular French Open Betting Markets

The best tennis betting sites will offer you a wide range of betting options. Below, we have listed the most popular of these markets, along with brief explanations of how they work.

French Open Winner

This market allows you to wager on the winner of the French Open. Therefore, you will not see any potential payout until the French Open has ended. Betting on the winner of the French Open will be available throughout the majority of the tournament, although different players will offer better and worse odds depending on the time you back them.

Best betting site for French Open Winner betting: bet365

Match Result

The single match betting sees you wagering on the winner of a particular contest. For example, you could bet on Federer to beat Djokovic in their semi-final match-up. This bet can either be made pre-match or in-play.

Ideally, you should back the seeded players in the first week, as they will likely take on weaker opponents. However, in the second week, the seeded players will start facing each other – as a result, matches will become a lot tighter and harder to call. This means that there is more value in backing the better players, although this is tempered by the fact that either of the players in the match could win.

Best betting site for Match Result: LeoVegas

Set Betting

This market allows you to bet on how many sets there will be in a match. French Open contests are best-of-five, resulting in a minimum of three sets played unless one player is forced to retire.

Set betting is done in several different ways. First, you can bet on a player to win to love or in straight sets (3-0). Next, you can bet on someone to win the match but drop a set (3-2 or 3-1). Finally, you can back a certain amount of sets to be played in the game without specifically picking a winner. For example, you could back on there being four sets, which means you would win if either player won 3-1.

Best betting sites for set betting: bet365

Player Betting

Player betting is centred around the probability of certain events happening in a game. For example, you could bet on Djokovic to win a set, to win from behind, to win in straight sets and more. This type of betting will test how well you know a player, and it should be backed up by some serious research into your eventual pick. 

Best betting sites for player betting: Unibet

French Open: Tournament Info

The French Open is one of the four Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open are the other three), with the tournament at Roland-Garros constituting the second major tournament of the year.

  • Founded: 1891
  • Sequence in the Grand Slam Calendar: 2nd
  • Editions : 124 (2020)
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Venue: Roland-Garros
  • Surface: Clay
  • Prize Money: €38,000,000
  • Draw: 128S/64D
  • Current Champion (Men’s Singles): Rafael Nadal
  • Current Champion (Women’s Singles): Iga Swiatek
  • Most Singles Titles (Men’s): Rafael Nadal (13)
  • Most Singles Titles (Women’s): Chris Evert (7)

Recent Champions at the French Open (Men’s Singles)

YearChampionRunner-Up
2020Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic
2019Rafael NadalDominic Thiem
2018Rafael NadalDominic Thiem
2017Rafael NadalStan Wawrinka
2016Novak DjokovicAndy Murray
2015Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic

Recent Champions at the French Open (Women’s Singles)

YearChampionRunner-Up
2020Iga Swiatek Sofia Kenin
2019Ashleigh Barty Marketa Vondrousova
2018Simona Halep Sloane Stephens
2017Jelena Ostapenko Simona Halep
2016Garbine Muguruza Serena Williams
2015Serena Williams Lucie Safarova

French Open Betting FAQs

When is the French Open 2021?

The 2021 edition of the French Open will take place between 30th May – 13th June. The tournament is the second Grand Slam of the year, following the Australian Open, and preceding Wimbledon and the US Open.

Which are the best betting sites for French Open Betting?

Any of the bookmakers recommended above will provide you with everything you need as a punter, along with our French Open betting tips. However, of all of these, we would recommend bet365, LeoVegas and 1BET the most.

These three bookies will not only offer plenty of outright and match betting markets and generous promotions, but also an array of betting payment methods, a range of other sports to bet on and features such as Bet Builders and live streaming.

Can I place live bets on the French Open?

Yes – most bookmakers allow in-play betting on the French Open in play. If you're not sure where to start from, we recommend you head over to our in-depth guide to best in-play betting sites, some of which will also offer French Open live streaming.

Which sports other than tennis can I bet on?

Whether you are looking for soccer, badminton or the best cricket betting sites to bet on the IPL, there are so many options available to you. The markets will be similar to those of tennis, including Match Winner and player-based betting. 

What are the best betting markets for the French Open?

This depends on your personal preference. You may enjoy betting on single match events, making the moneyline market the ideal choice for you. Otherwise, if you prefer wagering on markets that do not end so quickly, the long-term French Open Winner market may be more your speed. Regardless, there is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes the objectively perfect market. It all depends on what your expectations are.

Can I live stream the French Open?

Certain bookmakers, such as bet365, do offer French Open live streaming. To use this function, you might have to fulfil adhere to a few requirements. You may need to have placed a bet within the last 24 hours, have an active wager on the match you want to watch, or have a positive balance in your account).

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CricketBettingAdvice Final Say

With the French Open set to light up the tennis world very soon, tennis fans and bettors alike are on tenterhooks to see which players will dominate at Roland-Garros. Can Rafael Nadal continue his unbelievable record on clay, or will Djokovic thwart him? Will 19-year-old Iga Swiatek defend her crown, or was her 2020 French Open triumph simply a fluke?

The 2021 iteration of the French Open will answer all of these questions as the tennis circuit continues to provide superb action from the best players in the world. Check back here regularly for the best French Open betting odds and sites, as well as our French Open betting tips.

And as always, bet responsibly, and have fun!

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