French Open betting 2020
The French Open is the second Grand Slam each year in tennis, played in May/June on clay in Paris, France, at the legendary Roland Garros. French Open betting can be done all year round, but particularly heats up in the month or so before the tournament. As always the World Gambling List recommends betting sites that are licensed in your jurisdiction. Our top betting sites for the 2020 French Open are:
French Open dates and schedule
Start date: September 20, 2020 (Main draw, qualifying starts on May 17)
Finish Date: October 4, 2020
French Open schedule
The French Open schedule is not released yet. It usually comes out at the start of the New Year. As a general rule the French Open will run for around two weeks and feature both day matches and night fixtures.
French Open odds 2020
Until the French Open draws closer the only betting markets available on this tournament are outright winner of the men’s and women’s singles events. As expected Rafael Nadal dominates the betting for the men’s singles crown, while Simona Halep sits atop the betting for the ladies’ singles championship.
Ladies’ French Open 2020 outright betting
Simona Halep $6.50
Ashleigh Barty $10
Serena Williams $10
Bianca Andreescu $11
Kiki Bertens $11
Garbine Muguruza $15
Naomi Osaka $15
Sloane Stephens $15
Elina Svitolina $17
Karolina Pliskova $17
Amanda Anisimova $21
Men’s French Open 2020 outright betting
Rafael Nadal $1.83
Novak Djokovic $4
Dominic Thiem $4.50
Andy Murray $13
Stefanos Tsitsipas $15
Alexander Zverev $17
Roger Federer $21
Daniil Medvedev $23
Karen Khachanov $41
Stan Wawrinka $41
Best bets: French Open futures predictions
While it can be hard to successfully place bets when an event is a long way out, when you nail one, you can often get really big odds and turn a big profit. Our French Open boffin has scoured the markets and found some juicy tempters for readers of the World Gambling List:
Is Nadal really beatable?
Rafael Nadal has dominated the French Open like no one before him, and it will take a brave person to bet against him in 2020. Having said this the current quote of under $2 is far too short for this time of the year — anything could happen. He is not getting any younger and plays in a physical manner.
How will the coronavirus delay impact the 2020 French Open?
The 2020 French Open has been pushed back to a September 20 start, because of the global coronavirus pandemic. This is just a week after the conclusion of the US Open, and will send players to a clay court tournament in the middle of the hard court season. This change to the schedule has the potential to throw the betting right open, particularly if Rafael Nadal attempts to play both tournaments in succession on his ageing knees.
Best longshots to win the French Open
A couple of Australians headline our longshot hopes to win the French Open in 2020, and while one will make you roll your eyes, the other has played well in the Australian summer and looks to have gone up another level. Firstly, Lleyton Hewitt’s protege Alex de Minaur is paying $81 to win the French Open and looks to have all the tools to win on clay: he’s quick, fit and has the grit to go the distance on the toughest surface. Nick Kyrgios is also paying $81, but for us we think the French Open might be a bit much. Another to watch closely is world no.20 Grigor Dimitrov after a coaching change. While his recent form on clay is terrible the coaching change could spark him back to his best form.
Top betting sites for the French Open 2020
The top tennis betting sites will all have in-depth markets available on the French Open, from almost the moment the previous edition finishes. Nearly all online betting sites will have odds available on the French Open, although many of the smaller casino-sportsbooks will have only head to head odds, with no futures outright winner betting available.
The best online betting sites for the French Open will vary depending on where you are in the world. We have in-depth guides to sports betting sites for the following countries available:
- United Kingdom betting sites
- South African betting sites
- New Zealand betting sites
- Indian betting sites
French Open bet types available online
As a general rule you will find the following betting odds available as futures betting markets:
- Men’s Singles Champion
- Women’s Singles Champion
- Men’s Doubles Champion
- Women’s Doubles Champion
- Mixed Doubles Champion
While the above betting markets will be available almost all year round, more specific markets such as head-to-head odds won’t be released until the schedule has been finalised. The following betting markets are all commonly found in the lead-up and during the French Open:
- Head to head odds: This simply pits one player against another. For instance both players could be priced at 1.91 in a head to head fixture.
- Prop bets: Some French Open betting sites will have prop betting markets up very early, while others won’t have any. Prop bets could include things like what colour shirt the umpire wears for the men’s final, or who will serve the most aces.
- Sets betting: This will allow you bet on what the set score will be. Can be a great way to add some value to French Open bets.
- Games betting: Often there will be over/under markets on total games won throughout a tennis match. This could also be an over/under on an individual’s performance.
This is very much a short synopsis of the main bet types that people place on the French Open, with many more different sorts of wagers available on tennis, particularly the grand slams.
5 strategy tips for betting on the French Open
Throw hardcourt or grasscourt form out the window: While there are some cases of top players pushing deep into the French Open, despite not being a claycourt specialist, by and large the tournament is dominated by Europeans and claycourt specialists.
Fitness is massive at the French Open: Playing on clay is gruelling for both mind and body, under the baking Paris sun. If a player is labouring early at the French Open, you can almost certainly rule a line through them pushing deep into the second week.
Always bet on Rafael Nadal: Nadal might be due to turn 34 during the 2020 French Open, but he is still undoubtedly the best claycourter in the world. Nadal has won a remarkable 12 French Opens, winning them all since 2005, barring the 2009, 2016 and 2017 titles.
Try to find the next Rafael Nadal: We’re not sure if there will ever be another Nadal, but this is where the value is going to lie in the 2020 Men’s French Open title. Can someone dethrone Rafa? We’re not sure, but there will be some tempting odds.
Clay experience is crucial: We have seen it time and time again. When a player is young and inexperienced on clay they struggle. For instance a lot of USA players and Australian players grow up playing exclusively on hardcourts and grasscourts and these players can take some time to adjust to the new surface — while some never do. There are exceptions to this rule though, such as young Aussie Alex de Minaur, who has spent the bulk of his young career playing in Spain.
French Open Honour Roll
The player with the greatest French Open record is Rafael Nadal, who has won the men’s singles title 12 times. He will enter the 2020 French Open as the unbackable favourite, barring injury. The Ladies’ singles has been won a record seven times by Chris Evert (1974–1975, 1979–1980, 1983, 1985–1986), while Monica Seles holds the unique record of having won it three successive times (1990-92).
Past 10 French Open men’s champions, runners-up
|Year||Winner||Runner-up||Score in final|
|2010||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Robin Soderling (Sweden)||6-4, 6-2, 6-4|
|2011||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1|
|2012||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5|
|2013||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||David Ferrer (Spain)||6-3, 6-2, 6-3|
|2014||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4|
|2015||Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4|
|2016||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||Andy Murray (Britain)||3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4|
|2017||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)||6-2, 6-3, 6-1|
|2018||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Dominic Thiem (Austria)||6-4, 6-3, 6-2|
|2019||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Dominic Thiem (Austria)||6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1|
Past 10 French Open women’s champions, runners-up
|Year||Winner||Runner-up||Score in final|
|2010||Francesca Schiavone (Italy)||Samantha Stosur (Australia)||6–4, 7–6 (7–2)|
|2011||Li Na (China)||Francesca Schiavone (Italy)||6–4, 7–6 (7–0)|
|2012||Maria Sharapova (Russia)||Sara Errani (Italy)||6–3, 6–2|
|2013||Serena Williams (USA)||Maria Sharapova (Russia)||6–4, 6–4|
|2014||Maria Sharapova (Russia)||Simona Halep (Romania)||6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 6–4|
|2015||Serena Williams (USA)||Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)||6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2|
|2016||Garbine Muguruza (Spain)||Serena Williams (USA)||7–5, 6–4|
|2017||Jeļena Ostapenko (Latvia)||Simona Halep (Romania)||4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|2018||Simona Halep (Romania)||Sloane Stephens (USA)||3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|2019||Ashleigh Barty (Australia)||Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic)||6–1, 6–3|