The French Open is the second Grand Slam of the season and is held at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris. It takes place over a two-week period in late May and is the only major to be held on clay courts.
It began in 1891 and has been held at three different venues throughout the tournament’s history. It began life in Auteuil although it’s been held at the current venue since 1928. It is considered to be the most physically demanding of the four Grand Slams due to the lack of speed on the clay courts.
Renovations have recently begun at Stade Roland-Garros, and the 2020 event is expected to be the first staging of the tournament that will be played with a roof on the central court. This should help avoid any unnecessary delays to matches.
French Open Ante-Post Betting Markets 2020
The 2020 tournament begins on May 24 and will conclude two weeks later on June 7. It will be the 124th staging of the event.
Unsurprisingly, the “King of Clay” is leading the way when it comes to the 2020 French Open betting. Rafael Nadal routinely begins as the favorite in the French Open odds due to his terrific record in the French capital. The Majorcan secured an unprecedented 12th success at this venue in 2019 and looked truly unstoppable on the clay surface once again.
He’s won each of the last three stagings of this Grand Slam and has been victorious in 98 percent of his matches at this particular tournament.
He is incredibly tough to beat at this event, and as a result, he’s an extremely short price in the French Open odds to wrap up a fourth successive triumph here in May 2020.
Very few players have been able to get anywhere near Nadal in recent years, though Novak Djokovic did reach the semifinals of the 2019 tournament. The Serb is a previous winner of this Grand Slam, though he hasn’t come out on top since 2016. He is the second favorite in the French Open betting, and he’ll be aiming to pick up just his second title at the Paris event.
Austrian Dominic Thiem is a little inconsistent, though he’s far better on clay courts. He’s the third favorite in the 2020 French Open betting and has done the majority of his best work at this particular tournament. He’s only reached the quarterfinal stage of a Grand Slam tournament on five occasions, with four of those coming at Roland Garros.
Last year, he was swept aside by Nadal in the final for the second successive time.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev has also achieved his best results at the second Grand Slam of the season, and the Hamburg-born player is fourth favorite in the French Open odds. He’s reached the quarterfinal stage in each of the last two tournaments and will be hoping to go beyond the final eight for the first time in 2020.
Roger Federer has traditionally struggled at this venue, and he is the joint-fifth favorite in the French Open betting alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas.
2018 French Open winner Simona Halep is likely to begin as the favorite for the majority of tournaments that she enters this season, and the Romanian will fancy her chances of securing a second title in Paris. She exited at the quarterfinal stage last season and will be aiming to put that firmly behind her in 2020.
Defending champion Ashleigh Barty will be aiming to make it back-to-back titles at this particular tournament, and the Aussie is currently the second favorite in the 2020 French Open betting. Her success in 2019 came out of the blue, as she had never previously made it beyond the second round.
Dutch player Kiki Bertens has been fairly inconsistent throughout her career, although she’s won 12 of her 20 matches at Roland Garros. The 27-year-old former semifinalist is perhaps a surprise inclusion in the top four of the French Open odds and could be rated as an underdog for the 2020 event.
US Open winner Bianca Andreescu will be representing Canada at the French Open in 2020 and will be hoping to get beyond the second round. It will be just her second appearance in Paris.
Serena Williams has failed to pull up any trees at this tournament since reaching the final in 2016. She is a three-time winner of this tournament, though it’s arguably her weakest surface.
Naomi Osaka may have won the US Open and Australian Open, but the Japanese player isn’t as strong on the clay and is only the sixth favorite in the French Open odds.
What Happened in 2019?
Somewhat predictably, Nadal was triumphant in Paris once again. He secured his 18th Grand Slam title and 12th at Roland Garros with another victory over Thiem. It was a hard-fought victory that went to four sets, but despite a setback in the second set, it rarely looked in doubt for the clay specialist.
Nadal began as the favorite in the French Open betting and dropped just a single set (against David Goffin) en route to the final. He had to overcome Kei Nishikori and Federer in the last eight to book his place in the showpiece event.
Thiem had to work hard to get to the final, and he came out on the right side of a five-set thriller with Djokovic in the semifinals. He also beat Karen Khachanov and Gael Monfils earlier in the tournament.
Federer and Stan Wawrinka both reached the quarterfinal stage, with the Swiss pair slugging it out for a place in the final four. Federer eventually prevailed in a hard-fought match that included two tiebreaks. Zverev, one of the favorites in the 2020 French Open betting odds, also managed to reach the quarterfinal stage.
The women’s French Open final was over in the blink of an eye as Barty saw off Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets. The Australian was dominant from the start and proved far too good for her Czech opponent.
Barty beat Madison Keys, Amanda Anisimova, and Williams en route to the final. She also dispatched of an upwardly mobile Osaka. The Japanese player came into the event as the top seed but wasn’t able to make it beyond the second round.
Vondrousova edged out Johanna Konta in the semifinals and also enjoyed success against Petra Martic. She didn’t drop a single set at the tournament until the final.
Halep, who was the third seed going into the event, reached the quarterfinals, while Bertens was forced to retire in the second round.
Advice for Betting on French Open
The French Open is a unique tournament, and the betting odds often reflect that. Some players excel on this surface and are always worth backing at Roland Garros.
Nadal is always likely to begin as the favorite in the French Open odds, and his fellow Spaniards are also likely to fare well on these courts.
Players such as Thiem tend to underwhelm throughout the majority of the year before suddenly picking up in time for this event. South American players are also worth keeping an eye on, while grass-court specialists are usually best avoided in Paris.
The courts are slow and five-set matches can take their toll on players, so anyone with stamina will tend to be effective at this Grand Slam. It is also worth keeping an eye on the order of play as players who have a quick turnaround can often struggle at the French Open.
In the women’s draw, top seeds rarely progress to the last four and are always worth opposing here.