French Open 2019 Preview, Odds and Betting Offers
The second grand slam event of the tennis season is upon us, with the French Open starting on Sunday. The top players from both the men and women’s game will head to France to battle it out on the clay surface at Roland Garros for the next two weeks to see who will be crowned the clay court champion of 2019.
This is an incredibly important time for tennis players, and those who are near the top of the rankings target the period starting with this tournament, and ending with Wimbledon at the beginning of July. Look out for them to show they deserve to be amongst the top ranked here with a strong start in this event.
French Open 2019 Schedule
The tournament begins on Sunday 26th May, with the first round taking place until Tuesday 28th May. The second, third and fourth rounds will follow that, until we start the last eight with quarter-finals taking place across Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June.
On the 6th and 7th of June, we will see the semi-finals take place, before the two finals over the last weekend of the tournament. The first is the ladies final, which will be played on Saturday 8th June, with the men’s final a day later on Sunday 9th June.
How to Watch the French Open?
In the UK, the rights to the French Open are split between two broadcasters. Eurosport and ITV share the coverage, with ITV using their additional channels to provide daily coverage while Eurosport covers two courts on their two channels, plus further coverage on their Eurosport Player platform which is available online.
Alongside this, you will be able to catch many of the games using the streaming service that bookmakers provide. Bet365, Coral, Unibet and many more betting sites will cover many games on there, and if you are looking to back a player and watch a specific game, especially one that is on a smaller court, this may be your best bet for catching that game.
Men’s Tournament Preview
As you would expect, the favourite as far as the men go is clearly Rafael Nadal. He is the most successful player at the French Open of all time and has the perfect game to pick his way around the clay courts we have here. He is a short price to win, but that is fully justified based on the fact that he is a fantastic tennis player, and based on his past record here, both of which set him apart from the field.
Those looking for value in behind him may look towards the runner up from last year, Dominic Thiem. He was comfortably beaten by Nadal in last year’s final, but there was a lot to like about his performances prior to that. Should anything happen to Nadal then he looks to be the player who is best placed to take advantage. I’d also expect him to give Nadal a closer game this time around, using the experience of last year to his advantage.
Novak Djokovic is the second favourite for the event, and he was the winner back in 2016. His game is not ideally suited to clay like Nadal’s is, and that is what separates them here. They are both extremely talented players, but Djokovic is far better suited to the faster grass surface that the players will encounter at Wimbledon later in the summer, while Nadal loves the slower surface we have here. Roger Federer is a big price for this event, traditionally his least favourite grand slam event of the season. His quality lies elsewhere really, but he is still worth a mention because of his dominance over the sport in the last decade or two.
Women’s Tournament Preview
At any grand slam event, much of the talk surrounds the men’s tournament, but the women’s event always offers us a wide-open tournament to look forward to. Just two of the players are in single figures here, and with a 4/1 favourite followed by an 8/1 second favourite, the bookmakers are gearing up for an event where many can be given a chance.
Simona Halep leads the way as favourite, returning to the place where she won her first grand slam title last year. She was ranked as the number one player in the world at that time but had never won a major. She did so here in 2018, and that feeling is enough to give her a big chance back, here again, she knows the place well, has happy memories and looks to be a worthy favourite.
Elsewhere it may be best to focus on bigger priced chances, and two stand out. The first is Serena Williams, who is coming here looking to win her 4th French Open title. She is coming towards the end of her career now, but she still has plenty of fight left and will certainly have an experience edge over many of her opponents. Sloane Stephens showed her liking for this event when finishing runner up after losing in the final to Halep last year, and she is another fancied to go well. The experience from that day will be key, and at double figures, she has the ability to figure over the next two weeks.
French Open Betting Odds
Rafael Nadal is just evens to lift another French Open title, and will no doubt be supported heavily by punters. He is the clear favourite in the betting, and one of just three players who are shorter than 20/1 in the men’s draw. Second best is Novak Djokovic, who is 9/4 while Dominic Thiem is available at 11/2. Just six players are priced at less than 50/1 to win this event, showing that there is a huge lack of depth in the men’s game right now.
That is certainly not the case in the women’s section, where 20 players are priced up at less than 50/1. They are led by Simona Halep at 4/1, with Kiki Bertens priced up at 8/1. There are plenty in with chances at bigger prices, with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka available at 14/1, with Sloane Stephens in behind them at 16/1. There is a lot more depth here, and you get the feeling that one of the bigger priced players will go close.
French Open Betting Offers
BetVictor New Customer Offer – Rafael Nadal 30/1 to Win the French Open
If you are looking for a new betting account and you would like to place a bet on the French Open at the same time then this offer from BetVictor is the one for you. They are offering their new account holders the chance to back Rafael Nadal at 30/1 to win the French Open when he is available at just evens elsewhere.
This bet is valid to a maximum stake of £1, and the winnings will be paid as a combination of real cash and free bets. You will be paid at the standard price at the time of bet placement in real cash, with the rest of your winnings being paid in free bets to take you up to the enhanced price total. If you are looking to get involved in the French Open and open a new betting account then be sure to check this offer out on the men’s tournament favourite.
888Sport – 4/1 Winner get a £5 Free Bet!
If you are looking for an outsider to back during the tournament in any of the games taking place then take a look at this offer from 888Sport. They are giving those who back a winner at 4/1 or greater on any market a £5 free bet, providing you place a bet of £10 or more on your winning selection.
If you like to back selections at bigger odds then this is certainly the offer for you, and it could result in you receiving regular free bets throughout the tournament. This offer is limited to just one free bet token per day, but we the tournament on for two weeks you have plenty of chances to land some.
Bet365 – Tennis Accumulator Bonus Offer
Daily accas are going to be very popular with those wanting a bet on every single day of the French Open tournament, and if you are going to place these bets then take a look at the Bet365 accumulator bonus available on tennis bets.
This offer gives you a bonus on top of your standard winnings, ranging from 5% up to a huge 50%, so it is certainly worth looking at. The 5% bonus is applied to doubles, and the bonus amount gets bigger as you put more selections into your bet. A winning six fold will land you a great 20% bonus, while if you want to go for the big one then accumulators featuring 12 selections or more will get a huge 50% bonus if they win.
If you plan to back accumulators over the next two weeks, but sure to take advantage of this offer to gain more winnings when you have a winning bet.