2019 French Open Tennis Predictions, Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 24, 2019

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Rafael Nadal is ranked No. 2 in the world, with Novak Djokovic (+197) at No. 1 so they will be on opposite sides of the draw. Action gets underway on Sunday from Paris.

The second tennis major championship of the season, the French Open, begins Sunday on the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris. Here’s an overview of the men’s and women’s fields.

French Open Men’s Draw

The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay, which is a surface that is frankly almost foreign to some players as it’s just not prevalent in many countries. So, most players don’t grow up playing on it.

That must not be the case in Spain, though, because Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay-court player in history. He has won 11 French Open titles, the most in the Open era of any player, male or female, in a Grand Slam event (Spaniards have won it 17 times in the Open era). Nadal has a crazy 86-2 match record in Paris. Those losses were in 2009 to Robin Soderling (probably the biggest upset in tennis history) and in 2015 to Novak Djokovic. Nadal also didn’t win in 2016 but had to withdraw before a match due to injury so it technically doesn’t count as a loss. Needless to say, Nadal is the betting favourite (-115) at Sports Interaction this week as he looks to win Grand Slam title No. 18 overall.

Nadal is ranked No. 2 in the world, with Djokovic (+197) at No. 1 so they will be on opposite sides of the draw. Djokovic’s lone French title was in 2016 when he didn’t have to face Nadal. However, Djokovic has done something in his career that neither Nadal nor Roger Federer have: Hold all the Grand Slam titles at once. Djokovic did it in 2015-16 and would again with a victory in Paris as he won last year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open and this past January’s Australian Open.

Federer (+1500) holds the record with 20 Grand Slam titles but his only French win was 2009 when he didn’t have to face Nadal. The clay doesn’t suit Federer, who hasn’t played in Paris since 2015. Last year’s runner-up, Dominic Thiem, is the third-favourite at +508.

Canada’s Milos Raonic is a +9100 long shot. He hasn’t won an ATP Tour event since 2016 and never on clay. Raonic missed the French last year and his best result is the quarterfinals in 2014. No Canadian male has won the French Open.

ATP - French Open 2019 - Winner

  • Rafael Nadal -114
  • Novak Djokovic +200
  • Dominic Thiem +708
  • Fabio Fognini +6100
  • Daniil Medvedev +6700
  • Kei Nishikori +8200
  • Karen Khachanov +8700
  • Marin Cilic +9100
  • Gael Monfils +9100
  • Felix Auger Aliassime +9500
  • Diego Sebastian Schwartzman +10000
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga +14400
  • Denis Shapovalov +14700
  • Grigor Dimitrov +15100
  • Roberto Bautista-Agut +15900
  • Kyle Edmund +18900
  • Lucas Pouille +19400
  • Nicolas Jarry +36900
  • Jan-Lennard Struff +36900
  • Francis Tiafoe +36900
  • Filip Krajinovic +36900
  • Taylor Harry Fritz +37900
  • Laslo Djere +46900
  • Leonardo Mayer +46900
  • Radu Albot +49900
  • Roberto Carballes Baena +51900
  • Federico DEL Bonis +51900
  • Elliot Benchetrit +52900
  • Sergiy Stakhovsky +52900
  • Lukas Rosol +52900
  • Oscar Otte +52900
  • Joao (POR) Sousa +53900
  • Pierre Hughes Herbert +53900
  • Lorenzo Sonego +54900
  • Daniel Evans +56900
  • Jeremy Chardy +56900
  • Stefano Travaglia +56900
  • Martin Klizan +57900
  • Jiri Vesely +58900
  • Steve Johnson +59900
  • Ivo Karlovic +60900
  • Taro Daniel +60900
  • Robin Haase +61900
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez +61900
  • Pablo Andujar +62900
  • Andreas Seppi +62900
  • Cameron Norrie +64000
  • Mikhail Kukushkin +66900
  • Bernard Tomic +66900
  • Ernests Gulbis +67900
  • Ugo Humbert +68900
  • Peter Gojowczyk +70900
  • Marius Copil +71900
  • Feliciano Lopez +72900
  • Maxime Janvier +73900
  • Rudolf Molleker +73900
  • Yannick Hanfmann +73900
  • Alexey Vatutin +73900
  • Malek Jaziri +76900
  • Maximilian Marterer +78900
  • Yannick Maden +78900
  • Kimmer Coppejans +78900
  • Jordan Thompson +81900
  • Thomas Fabbiano +83900
  • Gregoire Barrere +84900
  • Corentin Moutet +84900
  • Lloyd George Muirhead Harris +84900
  • Janko Tipsarevic +91900
  • Mikael Ymer +92900
  • Blaz Rola +92900
  • Pedro Martinez Portero +92900
  • Thiago Moura Monteiro +92900
  • Simone Bolelli +92900
  • Alexandre Muller +92900
  • Quentin Halys +95900
  • Guido Andreozzi +96900
  • Salvatore Caruso +99900
  • Mischa Zverev +109900
  • Bradley Klahn +109900
  • Nicolas Mahut +114900
  • Tennys Sandgren +114900
  • Cedrik-Marcel Stebe +119900
  • Miomir Kecmanovic +119900
  • Tommy Paul +119900
  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran +129900
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French Open Women’s Draw

While betting the French has been rather easy on the men’s side with Nadal, there have been five different women’s champions in the past five years. The defending champion is Romania’s Simona Halep, who is the +410 favourite.

She beat American Sloane Stephens (+1400) in three sets a year after losing to Jelena Ostapenko (+3800) in three sets in the final. The last repeat winner of the French Open on the women’s side was Justine Henin, who won her third in a row in 2007. Halep also lost in the 2014 final. She hasn’t reached the final of the past three Slams, however.

The Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens is +850 to win her first major title, with world No. 1 Naomi Osaka at +900. Osaka has won the past two major titles, the 2018 U.S. Open and this year’s Aussie Open. However, Osaka did have to pull out of last week’s Italian Open with an injury. So did American Serena Williams (+1000), who hasn’t been able to finish her past three events due to physical issues but plans to play in Paris. Serena has three French titles, last in 2015

Canada’s Bianca Vanessa Andreescu is +3000 and a struggling Eugenie Bouchard +14100. Just 18, Andreescu makes her French Open debut. The rising star won her first WTA title earlier this year at Indian Wells. Bouchard is down to 77th in the world rankings and is having an injury-plagued difficult year. Bouchard reached the semifinals of the 2014 French Open.

No Canadian woman has won the French.

WTA - French Open 2019 - Winner

  • Simona Halep +362
  • Kiki Bertens +725
  • Karolina Pliskova +1300
  • Petra Kvitova +1300
  • Ashleigh Barty +1700
  • Garbine Muguruza Blanco +2300
  • Angelique Kerber +2400
  • Victoria Azarenka +2700
  • Belinda Bencic +2800
  • Marketa Vondrousova +3600
  • Aryna Sabalenka +3700
  • Bianca Vanessa Andreescu +3700
  • Maria Sakkari +3800
  • Johanna Konta +4000
  • Anett Kontaveit +4100
  • Jelena Ostapenko +4600
  • Kristina Mladenovic +5000
  • Julia Goerges +5200
  • Caroline Wozniacki +5500
  • Elise Mertens +5500
  • Anastasija Sevastova +5700
  • Dayana Yastremska +6500
  • Amanda Anisimova +8200
  • Petra Martic +10400
  • Venus Williams +10400
  • Carla Suarez Navarro +10500
  • Danielle Rose Collins +12400
  • Dominika Cibulkova +13800
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +14400
  • Donna Vekic +15400
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova +16700
  • Mihaela Buzarnescu +17400
  • Sofia Kenin +19400
  • Eugenie Bouchard +20500
  • Yulia Putintseva +20900
  • Lesya Tsurenko +21900
  • Laura Siegemund +21900
  • Ajla Tomljanovic +22900
  • Anastasia Potapova +22900
  • Kaia Kanepi +22900
  • Veronika Kudermetova +25900
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova +25900
  • Viktoria Kuzmova +28900
  • Alize Cornet +28900
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich +30900
  • Katie Boulter +30900
  • Kateryna Kozlova +32900
  • Alison Van Uytvanck +34900
  • Shuai Zhang +35900
  • Jennifer Brady +36900
  • Tatjana Malek +37900
  • Samantha Stosur +38900
  • Rebecca Petersson +38900
  • Tamara Zidansek +38900
  • Zarina Diyas +39900
  • Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova +39900
  • Andrea Petkovic +40900
  • Kristyna Pliskova +40900
  • Fiona Ferro +42900
  • Madison Brengle +42900
  • Ludmilla Samsonova +42900
  • Sara Sorribes Tormo +43900
  • Vera Lapko +43900
  • Pauline Parmentier +44900
  • Alison Riske +46900
  • Astra Sharma +46900
  • Mandy Minella +47900
  • Shelby Rogers +50900
  • Ivana Jorovic +52900
  • Misaki Doi +52900
  • Taylor Townsend +53900
  • Johanna Larsson +53900
  • Anna Tatishvili +53900
  • Evgeniya Rodina +53900
  • Jessica Pegula +54900
  • Jessika Ponchet +55900
  • Dalila Jakupovic +58900
  • Lauren Davis +64900
  • Vitalia Diatchenko +66900
  • Luksika Kumkhum +76900
  • Priscilla Hon +78900
  • Harmony Tan +85900
  • Lin Zhu +104900
  • Audrey Albie +104900
  • Diane Parry +114900
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French Open Predictions

Just can’t go against Nadal on the men’s side. On the women’s, Karolina Pliskova (+1600) is the choice. At 6-foot-1, she can overpower anyone and just won the Italian Open warm-up event.

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