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French Open Betting

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The French Open is the second of the four tennis Grand Slam events that are played throughout the course of the season. The French Open, or “Roland Garros” as it is commonly known as is preceded by the Australian Open and followed by Wimbledon. It is the only Grand Slam played on clay. This is a tournament which is played in the Spring and is contested over two weeks in late May and early June.

The challenge of clay, which produces a slower pace and higher bounce off the surface than the grass and hard courts, makes it arguably the toughest of the four Grand Slam events to be won. As there is no tie-break in the final set either is can also combine to be one of the most arduous tests of endurance as well.

Former Winners

The tournament has a rich history and the tournament started back in 1891 and only players who were current members of French tennis clubs could take part. It was a Brit who actually won the first edition though, H. Briggs as he was a member of a French club. 1897 saw the first women’s edition being played, with the mixed doubles and the women’s doubles getting added on in later years. 1925 saw the shift from only allowing members from French clubs being allowed to play at the tournament. All international amateurs were allowed into the event that year.

Men’s’ Singles Winners

The winner of the men’s tournament gets The Four Musketeers Cup. That’s nothing to do with the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas, instead it’s named after four famous French tennis players Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste. Following that inaugural season, every edition right through to 1932 was won by a French player.

The tournament switched to being known as the French Open in 1968 (the Open era) and Ken Rosewall of Australia was the first winner there. Legend Bjorn Borg won it back to back in 1974 and 1975 and then between 1978 and 1981 he won it four times on the bounce. Other greats like Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi would all win the Grand Slam title in Paris. You can’t of course talk about French Open winners without mentioning the greatest of them all, Rafael Nadal. His era started in 2005 when the clay court master won it for the first time against Mariano Puerta. Nadal won the next three editions as well and after not getting the 2009 title, he struck back to win the next five editions straight. The Spaniard’s 2017 triumph over Stan Wawrinka was his tenth title at the French Open making him the most successful player ever in the history of the tournament.

Women’s’ Singles Winners

The inaugural Women’s edition was won by Adine Masson in 1897 and she would win the following two editions as well. Through to 1936, there were only French winners of the tournament, including legend Suzanne Lenglen. The first British winner of the women’s event was Margaret Scriven Vivien in 1933. It was the USA’s Nancy Richards who won the first ever edition in the Open era in 1968 and then some legends of the game were scrapping it out for supremacy, namely the likes of Margaret Court, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, the latter winning seven French Open’s over a 13-year span. Other notable multiple-time winners of the French Open include Belgium’s Justine Henin who got the title four times, Monica Seles who won it for three straight seasons between 1990 and 1992 and Serena Williams of course. Along with Chris Evert’s seven titles, Germany’s Steffi Graf is regarded as one of the greatest French Open players with six titles between 1987 and 1999 inclusive in Paris.

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2017 French Open Review

It was Britain’s Andy Murray who went into the 2017 French Open as the top seed and despite a good run from him, he fell at the semi final stage to Stan Wawrinka. It was Novak Djokovic who showed up at Roland Garros as the reigning champion after his 2016 success over Murray, but he couldn’t battle his way past the quarter final stage in season bothered by injury. Roger Federer decided to take a pass on the French Open in 2017, saving himself for other challenges down the rest of the season. So really it was expected that Rafael Nadal would come through the field at the tournament he loves so much and he didn’t disappoint his fans at all. He got past Dominic Thiem, the man who had knocked out Djokovic, in the final four to put himself back in the final. He would there face Wawrinka, the 2015 champion. Nadal was to make no mistakes as he eased to a straight sets win 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to record a staggering tenth French Open title.

In the women’s game, the field was expected to be wide open as there was no Serena Williams taking part, but there were few who would have predicted what was about to happen. Germany’s Angelique Kerber was the top seed for the event but she took a high-profile fall in the very first round, opening up the draw. Fourth seed and reigning champion Garbine Muguruza was a fourth-round loser, while Britain’s Jo Konta was another shock first round loser. Lining up in the semi finals was Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep, the second and third seeds respectively and in the other semi final match, there was 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky taking on the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko. Halep won her heavyweight duel with Pliskova and it was always expected that the winner of that match would go onto take the title. Halep was heavy odds-on favorite to beat the unseeded Ostapenko in the final, but there was a massive upset waiting as the young Latvian took the title in what was just her second appearance at the French Open.

2018 French Open Preview

Record-breaking Rafa Nadal will be the top seed at the 2018 edition and after a storming season once again in the Spring clay swing of the season, he is going to be the man to beat. The field is a bit thin on the ground as well for this year’s challenge because Andy Murray is sidelined through injury, Novak Djokovic is playing but still fighting his way to full fitness and match sharpness. Roger Federer misses the event again because of scheduling and Milos Raonic is out through injury as well. That pretty much leaves the main challenge in the 2018 edition of the French Open to Nadal, being young German Alexander Zverev. Zverez looks like a future Grand Slam champion, but he hasn’t got a great track record in the Grand Slams so far. But on clay this season he reached the semi finals of Monte Carlo, won in Munich and Madrid and took a runners-up finish in Rome. He lost in the final there to Nadal. Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin del Potro are the other big contenders.

Serena Williams is scheduled to appear in 2018, her first Grand Slam appearance since giving birth to her first child. She will, somewhat controversially, not be seeded (because of her time away from the game and not being ranked high enough). But that will make her a dangerous floater in the field. Simona Halep, still in search of her first Grand Slam title after so many near misses is the top seed and she is one of the better clay court players around. Once again the women’s draw looks wide open with Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and reigning Champions Jelena Ostapenko making up the top five seeds. But there is also Petra Kvitova, who has been in great form this season, Caroline Garcia and Karolina Pliskova making up a very strong top eight seeds. Jo Konta, who hasn’t been at her best in 2018 is seeded 22nd, while former champion Maria Sharapova is in, but not seeded.

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