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Betting Preview for the 2018 French Open

When the 2018 French Open begins on Sunday, May 27 at Roland-Garros in Paris, the respective Men’s and Women’s fields will be topped by clear-cut favorites.

Per online sportsbook Bovada, the Men’s draw is led by none other than Rafael Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion who has lapped the competition when it comes to winning on clay.

Nadal has hoisted the La Coupe des Mousquetaires 10 times over his illustrious career – four more than his nearest competitor in Bjorn Borg. Simply put, Nadal reigns supreme as the undisputed King of Clay, and he’ll be defending last year’s title to boot.

Sporting a 23-2 overall record on the year – including three tournament titles – Nadal cruised to a win in his French Open tune-up last week on the clay courts at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

That victory came 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 over Alexander Zverev of Germany, the ATP’s third-ranked player entering the French Open. Zverev has posted a gaudy 30-8 overall record with two titles this year, becoming the first ATP player to hit the 30-win plateau in 2018.

Zverev has yet to win a Grand Slam title, but at (+800), he’s the ostensible obstacle standing in the way of a “Rafa” wrecking ball – as no other player offers odds better than 10 to 1.

That might be because Roger Federer – the owner of an all-time leading 20 Grand Slam titles – has opted to sit this year’s French Open out. The Swiss sniper has only posted one win at Roland Garros, losing four times to Nadal, so he decided to ditch the clay court component of his schedule altogether.

On the Women’s side of the bracket, the WTA’s top-ranked contender – Simona Halep of Romania – also holds the top spot on Bovada at (+600).

Halep has yet to win a Grand Slam title, but she was runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki (+2500) at the Australian Open. Second place was also where Halep wound up at last year’s French Open, where she lost in three sets to Jeļena Ostapenko (+1400). With another runner-up run to Maria Sharapova (+1100) at Roland-Garros in 2014, Halep has played her way to two of the last four French Open finals.

Despite those big names atop the draw, the eyes of the tennis world will be squarely fixed on Serena Williams.

After giving birth to her first child in September of last year, Williams’ maternity leave was extended due to medical complications. As a result of the inactivity, her WTA ranking has slipped from number one overall to 453rd in the world.

In a controversial decision, the French Tennis Federation (FTF) elected to use Williams’ current ranking while seeding the draw. As a result, Williams – who Federer recently proclaimed to be the “greatest tennis player of all-time” – will enter the French Open as an unseeded participant.

She’ll take on fellow contender Karolina Pliskova (+1600) in the first round, rather than a weaker opponent. As a result of the seeding snafu, Williams’ odds have inflated to (+1200).

Check below for the latest odds on the top 10 contenders for both the Men’s and Women’s brackets:

French Open Men’s Field (Top-10)

Player French Open Win Odds on 5/25
Rafael Nadal -250
Alexander Zverev +800
Dominic Thiem +1000
Novak Djokovic +1000
David Goffin +3300
Kei Nishikori +3300
Martin Cilic +3300
Stan Wawrinka +3300
Juan Martin Del Potro +4000
Denis Shapovalov +5000

 

French Open Women’s Field (Top-10)

Player French Open Win Odds on 5/25
Simona Halep +600
Elina Svitolina +600
Maria Sharapova +1100
Serena Williams +1200
Garbine Muguruza +1400
Jelena Ostapenko +1400
Petra Kvitova +1400
Karolina Pliskova +1600
Daria Kasatkina +2000
Caroline Wozniacki +2500