Men's Singles

French Open Men’s 2022 Preview & Betting Tips

No player, male or female, has won more Grand Slam titles at a single tournament than Rafael Nadal has at the French Open. The Spaniard has triumphed no fewer than 13 times at Roland Garros with his dominance of the event now the stuff of legend. Yet Nadal might struggle to make it 14 French Open titles in 2022.

While Nadal started the year with a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, he has since struggled with a foot injury. The discomfort has been so severe for the 35-year-old that he raised the prospect of retirement after a particularly painful loss to Denis Shapovalov at the Rome Masters earlier this month.

Priced at a general 3/1 (best price 37/10), Nadal is still among the favourites to go all the way at Roland Garros, but recent defeats to Shapovalov, CARLOS ALCARAZ and Taylor Fritz suggest the Spaniard might not have the physical capacity to play seven best-of-five set matches at this time. Nadal is certainly vulnerable in his current condition.

Novak Djokovic, however, is resurgent after his title win at the Rome Masters. The Serbian is in peak physical condition and is playing the big moments well, as demonstrated in recent wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Stan Wawrinka. He has earned his favourite tag at 7/4 with most bookmakers (best price 45/23 through oddschecker).

Daniil Medvedev is expected to be back for Roland Garros, but the Russian has missed the last month-and-a-half through injury. Despite a run out at the Geneva Open, it’s unrealistic to expect Medvedev to go the distance at the French Open, although his form at Roland Garros will be a good indicator ahead of the grass court season.

Alcaraz, however, is the talk of the tennis world after a remarkable start to 2022. The 19-year-old won his first Masters 1000 title in Miami and followed it up by winning the Madrid Masters a month later. He has the physicality to last best-of-five set matches and appears ready to make his Grand Slam breakthrough. It wouldn’t be a surprise if it came at Roland Garros.

Women's Singles

French Open Women’s 2022 Preview & Betting Tips

In the women’s singles, there’s no doubt who will start the 2022 French Open as favourite. IGA SWIATEK is the best female player in tennis right now, and possibly by some distance. Ash Barty’s shock retirement in March opened up an opportunity for someone else to become the dominant force in the women’s game and Swiatek has grasped that chance with both hands.

Swiatek, who will start her French Open campaign against a qualifier, has won her last 28 matches, her last eight finals and all 16 sets in those finals. The 20-year-old has won her last five tournaments (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and Rome) and 42 of the last 43 sets she has played. This form is reflected in Swiatek’s price of Evens to win her second Roland Garros title.

Elsewhere, the field in the women’s singles is rather open, although Ons Jabeur (16/1) will fancy her chances of making a run after making the final at both the Madrid Open and Italian Open. Simona Halep has also shown signs of her best form again following a difficult 2021, beating Paula Badosa and Coco Gauff in Madrid. However, a projected fourth round meeting with Swiatek could be a barrier to a real run. 

BIANCA ANDREESCU is a good outside bet at 33/1 to win her second Grand Slam title at Roland Garros with the former US Open winner eager to make up for lost time. The 21-year-old is building match fitness and achieved impressive wins over Emma Raducanu and Petra Martic at the Italian Open before falling to the eventual winner, Swiatek.

In both the men’s and women’s singles, it’s difficult to look past the highest ranked players in the draw. Swiatek is dominant in a way few players have been in recent years while Djokovic is outlasting opponents from the baseline again, as he has done for the majority of his career. The Parisian clay is ready for them to make their mark.

French Open 2022 Draw & First Round Tips

A blockbuster first round match on the men's side between Shapovalov and HOLGER RUNE has the potential to witness an upset. Both players enter Roland Garros in strong form with Shapovalov the higher ranked of the pair. However, Rune recently won his first ATP title in Munich and has the mobility to stick with the powerful Shapovalov, who has been inconsistent in 2022. At 13/10, Rune could cause an upset.

NAOMI OSAKA, meanwhile, has been handed a difficult first round draw with Amanda Anisimova awaiting. Anisimova beat the four-time Grand Slam champion at the Australian Open and is favourite to win again in Paris. It’s rare, however, to see a player of Osaka’s quality priced at 26/19 to win a first round match. 

The 24-year-old isn’t always best on clay, and has struggled through injury and other issues, but showed glimpses of her best form as recently as last month when she reached the Miami Open final. Osaka shouldn’t be written off.