French Open Betting Preview & Tips

The French Open takes place in Paris in May and June, with Rafa Nadal the reigning champion.

Sun, 1 Apr, 12:00 AM


Sport Type



Event Date(s):


21 May - 10 June 2018

Event Time:





Stade Roland-Garros, Paris




Previous (Year) Winner & Score/Time


Men’s singles: Rafa Nadal

Women’s singles: Jeļena Ostapenko

Prize Money


€36,000,000 (2017)
(=AU$ 57,240,000)



French Open History


The French Open is one of the four tennis Grand Slam events and the only one held on clay. The roots of the event can be traced back to 1891 when the Men’s French Championships were first held - a Women’s tournament followed in 1897. Up until 1927, the French Championships were hosted at several different venues around Paris. In 1928, having achieved major status three years earlier, the event was moved to a new stadium known as Stade Roland Garros. The venue was named after a World War I pilot.

In 1968, the French Championships became the first major event to allow both amateurs and professionals to compete. As a result, it became commonly known as the French Open Championships.


French Open Format


The French Open is the second in the calendar, after the Australian Open and ahead of Wimbledon and the US Open. In the men’s singles event, competitors must play through seven best-of-five-set matches to lift the trophy, without a tiebreak in the final set. This, combined with the slow nature of the clay surface, makes the event the most physically demanding on the circuit.

The women’s singles matches follow a best-of-three format and are also played across seven rounds with a total of 128 competitors entering at the first round stage.


French Open Trophy


The men’s trophy is known as the Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers Cup) and was introduced in its current form in 1981. It is 21cm high and 19cm wide and weighs 14kg. The women’s trophy, the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, is named after the French eight-time former Grand Slam winner.


French Open Betting


Betting on tennis is becoming extremely popular amongst punters, with the Grand Slam events in particular attracting a lot of interest. The number of markets offered by bookmakers is on the increase and the rise of live in-play betting has added a new dimension to French Open betting. Popular markets include match betting, handicap betting, total sets, total games, winner of quarter, correct score and set winner.


French Open Betting Tips


Every event has its specialist, and the French Open is no exception. Reigning men’s champion Rafael Nadal has won the event 10 times since 2005. If he is fit, he will start the tournament as favourite once again. The women’s event has been less predictable with eight different winners in the last 10 years. Last year, the tournament was won by Latvian professional Jeļena Ostapenko who was competing in her first Grand Slam final.


Past French Open Results



Men’s Winner



Women’s winner




Rafa Nadal

Stan Wawrinka

6–2, 6–3, 6–1

Jeļena Ostapenko

Simona Halep

4–6, 6–4, 6–3


Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4

Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams

7–5, 6–4


Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic

4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4

Serena Williams

Lucie Safarova

6–3, 6–7 (2–7), 6–2


Rafa Nadal

Novak Djokovic

3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4

Maria Sharapova

Simona Halep

6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 6–4


Rafa Nadal

David Ferrer

6–3, 6–2, 6–3

Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova

6–4, 6–4


Rafa Nadal

Novak Djokovic

6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5

Maria Sharapova

Sara Errani

6–3, 6–2


Rafa Nadal

Roger Federer

7–5, 7–6 (7–3), 5–7, 6–1

Li Na

Francesca Schiavone

6–4, 7–6 (7–0)


Rafa Nadal

Robin Soderling

6–4, 6–2, 6–4

Francesca Schiavone

Samantha Stosur

6–4, 7–6 (7–2)


French Open Records


Most men’s titles: Rafa Nadal (10)

Most consecutive men’s titles: Rafa Nadal (5)

Most women’s singles titles: Chris Evert (7)

Most consecutive women’s titles (since 1967): Monica Seles/Justine Henin (3)

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