French Open tennis betting guide for 2022

The second Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, the 2022 French Open, aka the Roland-Garros, is drawing closer. So, what can French Open tennis betting fans expect? Here's everything you need to know in the lead-up to the tournament, commencing May 22.
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How French Open odds work

So, how exactly do French Open betting odds work? Well, it's pretty similar to tennis betting in general. The most common way of gambling on events at the Roland-Garros is to pick the winner of one of the many matches. Let's consider an example using Federer/Nadal French Open odds:

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
1.36
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
3.50

In this French Open men's odds example, Nadal is the favourite to win. Not surprising really, given he's won the tournament more times than any other player.

Dubbed 'King of Clay' Nadal is a very short price indeed. For every C$11 staked on him, you receive C$4 in profit. Your total return would be C$15. Federer, meanwhile, is the outsider. For every C$2 wagered, you end up with a return of C$7, or a C$5 profit.

In our example, we've used decimal prices. You may also encounter the American moneyline system in Canada. Fractions, popular in the UK, are another form of expressing odds. For more on comparing different types of odds, have a go using our odds calculator.

Popular French Open bets

Now that we've covered French Open tennis betting odds, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the best French Open bets on offer.

Match winner

Betting on who will win a tennis match at the French Open is a very popular wager. In this example, Nadal is the favourite, so a C$100 bet on him would yield a C$36 profit.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
1.36

Set betting

There are a few ways you can bet on sets, including betting on set scores, the winner of the first/second set or who will win the current set if you're live betting. In this instance, we're betting on which women's singles player will win a particular set – Serena or her sister, Venus.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams
to win the first set
1.20
Venus Williams
Venus Williams

Correct score

Here you're predicting the exact score in sets for a given match between two players or doubles pairs. While a very tricky thing to predict, you'll find this type of bet offers great value if you get it right.

In this French Open WTA odds example, Maria Sharapova won in two sets to one, so if you accurately predicted this, you'd have made a profit of C$27.50 had you placed a C$10 bet.

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
2-1
3.75
Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza

Handicap betting

Also known as spread betting, this is a great option for when you want to bet on a match winner, but within the match there's an obvious favourite, for instance if Novak Djokovic was up against Pablo Cuevas. In this scenario, you'd want to bet on Djokovic, but the odds wouldn't be particularly enticing.

To balance betting underdog Cuevas' chances of winning in this wagering process, sportsbooks could add a handicap of +5.5 games to Cuevas, let's say. If Djokovic ends up winning the match 6-4, 6-4, 7-6, his game total would be 19 and Cuevas' 14.

But, when we then apply the handicap of 5.5 games to Cuevas' final score (14 + 5.5 = 19.5), you'll find you've still won your bet, regardless of Djokovic having won the match.

Pablo Cuevas
Pablo Cuevas
+5.5

Tiebreak in match

Will there be a tiebreak in the tennis match in question? It's a simple yes or no answer.

Ivo Karlović
Ivo Karlović
no tiebreak
3.00
Marin Čilić
Marin Čilić

Futures bets

There are a few futures markets available to you on Grand Slam tournaments such as the French Open, including:

Outright winner

Betting on which player in the men's or women's singles will go all the way and win the tournament is by far the most popular market of all. French Open futures odds will fluctuate throughout the season.

Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
3.25

Stage of elimination

Another typical form of futures betting in tennis is picking out when a player will be eliminated from the draw.

Stan Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka
in the last 16
9.00

To reach the final

Betting is also available on which players will go through to the draw and make the final. Winning the tournament isn't necessary to receive a payout.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
9.00

Live betting

Live betting, or in-play betting, on the French Open is an exciting option for bettors. Every one of the best French Open betting sites should offer you live betting, with all main draw matches from Roland-Garros featured as part of this.

French Open odds and markets change as the action on court unfolds, so you can bet in-play on things like who will win the next game or set.

French Open stats & info

French Open format & rules

We've put together some important basic facts about the tournament you should be aware of:

  • It is the only Grand Slam in tennis currently played on clay courts (since 1908)
  • The men's and women's singles tournaments occur at the same time as the doubles and mixed doubles
  • As with other Grand Slams, the draws are seeded to prevent top tennis players from meeting until the latter stages of the tournament
  • Extensive qualifying takes place in the weeks leading up to the French Open for players ranked below those seeded
  • Its place in the annual tennis calendar is over the last week of May and first week in June
  • Matches involving men only are best-of-five sets, while women only and mixed doubles are the best-of-three sets
  • A player must win at least four points and be two points clear of their opponent to win a game, and win at least six games, by two, for a set. If the score reaches 6-6 in the set, a tiebreak game must be played
  • There is no tiebreak if a tennis match at Roland-Garros goes to a deciding set
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Top 10 French Open men's singles winners

  • Rafael
    Nadal
    Rafael Nadal
    13 titles
  • Max
    Decugis
    Max Decugis
    8 titles
  • Bjorn
    Borg
    Bjorn Borg
    6 titles
  • Henri
    Cochet
    Henri Cochet
    5 titles
  • Andre
    Vacherot
    Andre Vacherot
    4 titles
  • Paul
    Ayme
    Paul Ayme
    4 titles
  • Maurice
    Germot
    Maurice Germot
    3 titles
  • Rene
    Lacoste
    Rene Lacoste
    3 titles
  • Mats
    Wilander
    Mats Wilander
    3 titles
  • Ivan
    Lendl
    Ivan Lendl
    3 titles

Top 10 French Open women's singles winners

  • Chris
    Evert
    Chris Evert
    7 titles
  • Suzanne
    Lenglen
    Suzanne Lenglen
    6 titles
  • Steffi
    Graf
    Steffi Graf
    6 titles
  • Francoise
    Masson
    Francoise Masson
    5 titles
  • Margaret
    Court
    Margaret Court
    5 titles
  • Kate
    Gillou
    Kate Gillou
    4 titles
  • Jeanne
    Matthey
    Jeanne Matthey
    4 titles
  • Justine
    Henin
    Justine Henin
    4 titles
  • Arantxa Sanchez
    Vicario
    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
    4 titles
  • Serena
    Williams
    Serena Williams
    3 titles

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FAQs

What is the tennis French Open?

The French Open tennis is a Grand Slam level tournament that takes place over two weeks at the clay courts of Roland-Garros in Paris. It takes place towards the end of May and beginning of June each year.

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