The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is the only Grand Slam played on clay and is the culmination of the clay court season every year. Players have competed for this prestigious trophy since 1891. Will Rafael Nadal continue his clay court domination, or can World No. 1 Novak Djokovic change the narrative in 2019? Here is our French Open betting preview.
In the men’s draw, one can’t help but look at Nadal as the man to beat. With that being said, he has been somewhat struggling on clay lately. Well, struggling when compared to his high standards, but he just beat Novak Djokovic in Rome, so don’t put a tournament win past him here.
There is still the question of whether World No. 1 Novak Djokovic can complete another ‘Novak Slam’ and hold all 4 Grand Slam’s at once. His form at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year and then again at the Australian Open in 2019 would have many people saying he’s unbeatable, but since winning in Australia in January, his form has slumped and he looks far from his best coming into this brutal two weeks on the clay of Paris. He was competitive in Rome and did steal a set off Nadal.
After three years away from Roland Garros, Roger Federer returns in a year that will mark a decade since he’s completed his set of Grand Slam titles. During the 2000s, Federer’s attempts to complete a career Grand Slam had been thwarted by Rafael Nadal four times, three of them in finals (2006, 2007 and 2008). While Federer won’t be burdened by the pressure of having to win the French Open, there is no doubt he would love to go deep in what could potentially be his final appearance in Paris.
Other players to watch: Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Juan Martin del Potro, while notable absentees are Kevin Anderson and John Isner.
We now swing to the women’s side of things, where all eyes will be on defending champion Simona Halep, world No. 1 Naomi Osaka, and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber for a variety of reasons.
Halep has endured some tough times since winning the title last year, winning just one tournament and failing to get past the fourth round of three subsequent majors in the 12 months since.
Osaka, meanwhile, is attempting to become the first player in the Open Era to win her first three major titles consecutively, but after ascending to the top of the rankings in January, she has failed to win another title or achieve another significant result.
The lessons learned from defeat, as well as the impressive form she displayed in the Italian capital last week, will have Pliskova primed for a deep run at the French Open.
Other players to watch: Angelique Kerber, Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams and Aryna Sabalenka, while Maria Sharapova is missing.