Dan Favale | Mon 20/05/2019 - 05:15 EDT

2019 French Open Betting Odds: Are Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep the Right Favorites?

2019 French Open Betting Odds: Are Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep the Right Favorites?
The 123rd French Open is going to be a big one. Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep will enter the tournament, which will be held at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, as the favorites in their respective brackets, but oddsmakers have not made either one an overwhelming first option. Halep, in fact, isn't even an even-money favorite. Let's figure out how that should impact your betting.

Here are the top five 2019 French Open odds for the men’s bracket, according to MyBookie:

  • Rafael Nadal (-110)
  • Novak Djokovic (+175)
  • Dominic Thiem (+1000)
  • Alexander Zverev (+1200)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (+2600)

And here are the top five French Open betting odds for the women’s bracket:

  • Simona Halep (+500)
  • Serena Williams (+800)
  • Garbine Muguruza (+900)
  • Three-way tie: Sloane Stephens (+1000), Elina Svitolina, Naomi Osaka (+1000)

If you take away one thing from these French Open odds, let it be this: Nobody is a sure thing. The field is arguably much more attractive than the moneylines on Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep. The women’s odds at Roland Garros are especially tight, so it behooves us all to do our homework before making a wager. In the spirit of that due diligence, here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • Complete French Open odds 2019
  • Best bets for the men’s bracket
  • Best bets for the women’s bracket
  • Analysis of French Open favorites
  • Predictions for each winner

2019 French Open Betting Breakdown

  • When: May 26 to June 9
  • Location: Paris France
  • Venue: Roland Garros Stadium
  • Surface: Clay

French Open Men’s Bracket

All of the usual suspects populate the men’s favorites pool. Rafael Nadal predictably leads the field, but Novak Djokovic isn’t far behind. Here are the betting odds for the top 15 favorites:

  • Rafael Nadal (-110)
  • Novak Djokovic (+175)
  • Dominic Thiem (+1000)
  • Alexander Zverev (+1200)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (+2600)
  • Marin Cilic (+2800)
  • Roger Federer (+2800)
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (+3300)
  • Stan Wawrinka (+3300)
  • Kei Nishikori (+4000)
  • Milos Raonic (+4000)
  • Borna Coric (+5000)
  • David Goffin (+5000)
  • Karen Khachanov (+5000) 

Best Men’s Bracket Bets

Rafael Nadal (-110)

It doesn’t matter that Nadal is about to turn 33. Beating him during the Grand Slam’s clay series is always a difficult task.

Dating back to 2005, Nadal has won 11 of the past 14 French Opens, including each of the past two. Let’s be clear: That’s absolutely absurd. And he’s showing very few signs of slowing down.

At the Italian Open, Nadal went to work against Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has beaten him on clay before. He really played up his forehand, making sure to keep Tsitsipas far back from the net and, thus, off balance. This year’s field has more than a few worth challengers, but there’s always the chance he runs away with the French Open championship. 

Novak Djokovic (+175)

It is a testament to how well Djokovic is playing these days that he’s so close to Nadal. He is the only player in history who has beaten the reigning champ on clay more than once.

Djokovic’s monster serves and forehands will play nicely at Roland Garros. He is a whiz at dropping the ball deep on both shots, and it is inherently harder on clay surfaces to consistently return the ball from that far back.

All of which will give Djokovic plenty of opportunities to remain on the offensive at the net—and he has one of the best net games on clay surfaces of anyone alive.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (+3300) 

Don’t let Tsitsipas’ loss to Nadal at the Italian Open scare you. He remains a tantalizing bet at the French Open, in large part because he has taken down Nadal on clay before. And if we’re being honest, knowing how to play Nadal on his favorite surface is half the battle here.

Though Nadal’s deep forehands prevented Tsitsipas from attacking the net in Rome with his usual relentlessness, his net game remains something to be feared by pretty much everyone he faces.

French Open Women’s Bracket

Simona Halep leads the pack for the women’s bracket after earning her first French Open championship last year with a win over Sloane Stephens. But her odds are not blowing anyone else out of the water. Both Serena Williams and Gabrine Muguruza are hot on her trail. Here the betting odds for the top 15 favorites:

  • Simona Halep (+500)
  • Serena Williams (+800)
  • Garbine Muguruza (+900)
  • Naomi Osaka (+1000)
  • Sloane Stephens (+1000)
  • Elina Svitolina (+1000)
  • Petra Kvitova (+1200)
  • Angelique Kerber (+1600)
  • Karolina Pliskova (+1800)
  • Madison Keys (+2200)
  • Ashleigh Barty (+2200)
  • Jelena Ostapenko (+2500)
  • Aryna Sabalenka (+2500)
  • Daria Kasatkina (+2800)
  • Belinda Bencic (+3300)

Best Women’s Bracket Bets

Simona Halep (+500)

Defending champs always deserve some respect the following year, and the world’s No. 2 Simona Halep is no different. She won the French Open last spring over Sloane Stephens, showcasing a deep big of tricks with both her forehand and backhand.

Some will be concerned about betting on her, and the odds show it. She’s suffering from something of a championship hangover. She burned out in the third round at Wimbledon and the first round at the US Open, and she just recently lost in the second round at the Italian Open.

We’re not reading too much into her slump. At the Italian Open in particular, she was getting over a cold, which might explain her early exit. If she does a better job of getting her first serves in, she’ll be just fine.

Serena Williams (+800)

Picking Serena Williams is admittedly on the riskier side for a top-bet option. She hasn’t been her dominant self of late, and she needed to pull out prior to her second round matchup at the Italian Open due to a left knee injury.

Still, this is Serena Williams we’re talking about! There aren’t any truly other dominant players in the field right now. When she’s at her best, which includes dropping in ferocious serves and crushing deep crosscourt forehands, she remains almost unbeatable. 

Keep an eye on her odds, as many are worried she’ll withdraw. But if it looks like she’ll play, she’s definitely a good investment.

Belinda Bencic (+3300)

Belinda Bencic is shaping up to be a diamond in the rough at the French Open. While she has fallen off the national radar after two injury-plagued years, she appears to be back in business.

Just look at her body of work this year alone: She has victories over Naomi Osaka, Aryna SabalenkaElina SvitolinaPetra Kvitova and Halep herself. There isn’t a potential matchup that will run her out of Paris on a clay surface. That matters.

2019 French Open Predictions

Men’s Champion: Rafael Nadal (-110)

Don’t fight the impulse to bet on Nadal. It isn’t just that he has 11 French Open titles. It’s that his performance early on in the Italian Open suggests that he’s taking his latest stretch of clay matchups seriously.

That’s bad news for everyone else.

Women’s Champion: Belinda Bencic (+3300)

Sorry, we’re not sorry. It makes sense to ride this wave that Bencic is on. She has beaten some of the best over the past year.

Besides, the field isn’t all that intimidating. Halep’s flameout at the Italian Open is a legitimate concern, and we have no idea whether Osaka will be right—or even participate at Roland Garros—following her thumb injury. The same goes for Serena Williams after she withdrew in Rome with a left knee injury.

This is the year to go with a dark-horse pick in the women’s bracket, and that pick should Bencic. 

Check out our list of the best online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for your French Open betting:


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