A clear difference is immediately seen with the French Open and Roland Garros compared to any other tennis tournament. The French Open is played on clay, which creates vastly different handicapping dynamics to take into account. Specifically, on the men’s singles side, Rafael Nadal has been the dominant tennis betting figure at Roland Garros. As a matter of fact, he earned the moniker “King of Clay” long ago. The women’s side has shown considerably more parity with six different winners in the last six years.
Specifically, the 2020 French Open will run May 25 through June 7 at Roland Garros. It will be the 124th edition of the tournament. The French Open is one of the four annual major “Grand Slam” tournament events on the professional tennis tour.
To be exact Rafael Nadal is the three-time defending men’s singles champion of the French Open. It’s no surprise that he has opened as the online betting favorite to make it four in a row. Overall Nadal has a tournament record 12 championships at Roland Garros. The last man to win the French Open other than Nadal was Novak Djokovic in 2016. Stan Wawrinka was the winner in 2005. Accordingly, Nadal was champion every year but one from 2005 through 2014. Roger Federer was the lone exception in that span for 2009.
Last year Ashleigh Barty took the French Open championship. Prior to Barty, the most recent champions were Simona Halep (2018), Jelena Ostapenko (2017), Garbine Muguruza (2016), Serena Williams (2015), and Maria Sharapova (2014). Serena Williams has the most titles among active players with three. While Chris Evert is the all-time women’s single’s champion at Roland Garros with seven.
Although Rafael Nadal is the undisputed “King of Clay” and dominant tennis betting favorite the current number one ranked player in the world is Novak Djokovic. This maintains the incredible “Big Three” that dominate men’s singles. Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer have been the marquee names for the past decade. Recently breaking through is Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev. Following Djokovic in ranking order are Nadal, Thiem, Federer, and Medvedev.
By contrast on the women’s side, there has been considerable fluctuation. First in the current world rankings is Ashleigh Barty. The following are Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, and Sofia Kenin. The account of less dominance in recent years Serena Williams has fallen to ninth in the world. Other notable names to watch are 10th place Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova on 12th.
Tennis betting dynamics are no different than other sports when it comes to public perception and value influence. Most of all, Grand Slam tennis tournaments generate considerably more wagering action and public money than what is otherwise the case. That is why Nadal is the easy chalk for the men’s side. Certainly, Serena Williams epitomizes a name brand price on the women’s side.