The French Open is not for a little under a month, but today we are going to discuss the early odds of this Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Last year, Novak Djokovic won his second French Open but this event has been dominated by Rafeal Nadal as he has won 13 French Open Titles since 2005.
Let’s dive into the odds here and discuss which tennis players we should expect to win.
Rafael Nadal (+120)
As we just touched on, Nadal owns this event winning 13 of the previous 17 French Opens as he loves to play on outdoor clay courts. In last year’s event, he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the semifinals 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2.
However, Nadal is the fourth-ranked plater on ATP and already has a 20-1 record with three titles already this year, so it is hard to imagine him not making a serious run to at least to the semifinals like he did a year ago.
The odds are not there and I think we can get some better value from other players so I recommend not betting on the favorite to win this year’s French Open.
Novak Djokovic (+225)
Novak Djokovic has been the number one ranked tennis player in the world for more than two years consecutively and won the French Open last year.
Despite that, he has struggled throughout the beginning of 2022 as he has posted a 5-3 record since the calendar turned. He played extremely well last year in this tournament as he defeated the fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals to capture his second French Open victory. Even in the 2020 tournament, he lost in the finals so he is used to being competitive here.
I would expect a solid run out of the champion and to be placed in a very powerful spot in the bracket so him making another run to the finals would not come as a surprise so go with Novak Djokovic to win here.
Carlos Alcaraz (+400)
Carlos Alcaraz is just 18 years old but is already ninth in the world in singles tennis. He got some experience last year here as he lost in the third round to Jan-Lennard Strugg 4-6, 6-7, 2-6 but was able to pick up a pair of wins.
Already in 2022, Alcaraz has won in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro, which are both outdoor clay surfaces like the French Open, meaning he has figured out how to play well in this type of court.
He has the third-highest odds to win this major and as really climbed up the world rankings quickly so throw a little bit on him as he can provide a passing of the torch moment with Nadal or Djokovic in the finals as he shows the world that he is the next superpower in the world of Tennis as guys like Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray are all reaching the end of their competitive playing days and ushering in a new young crop of players.