Can Rafael Nadal Continue His French Open Dominance?

The ATP French Open grand slam begins on May 26th 2019 and ends June 9th 2019. The tournament is hosted at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France every year.

The tournament is played on clay courts and Rafael Nadal has dominated the tourney for more than a decade. Nadal first won the tournament in 2005. Since then, Nadal has been able to win the event eleven times, including the last two years.


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There have only been four other players to win the tournament since 2005. Gaston Gaudio (2004), Roger Federer (2009), Stan Wawrinka (2015) and Novak Djokovic (2016) are the other players to win the French Open during Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros.Visit for more details.


2019 Men’s French Open Betting Odds Overview

It’s only the beginning of April, but now is the time to place your early futures bets on who you think will win the French Open grand slam. Betting earlier often presents better value, as once the tournament is here the players will be priced closer to their form.

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Nadal (-110) is already an odds-on favorite to win the grand slam. Is Nadal worth betting on at these odds? In my opinion, no. A lot can happen between now and the end of May, plus the odds on Nadal are unlikely to shorten much before the start of the tourney.

Could Nadal win? Definitely. He has been in great form to start 2019 and we all know he’s the best clay court tennis player to ever play tennis. Nadal has only played in three events in 2019, including a 2nd place finish in the Australian Open (Djokovic won). He recently lost in the semifinal to Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.


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Who will be the toughest competition for Nadal in the French Open?

Novak Djokovic (+200) won the Australian Open, but he has struggled a bit in the other events he has played in. Djokovic finally won the French Open in 2016 after finishing as the runner-up in 2012, 2014 and 2015, but he has never been as good on clay as Nadal.

Stan Wawrinka (+2800) has been sliding down the rankings in 2019, but he was crowned the winner in this event in 2015 and he followed that up with a runner-up finish in 2017. He isn’t in as good as form this year, but his odds are enticing to jump on.

Dominic Thiem (+1000) has been on a tear and is ranked 5th in the world right now. He just won the BNP Paribas Open against Federer and he was runner-up in the French Open last year. Can he improve on that finish and take down Nadal in Paris? That’s a tough ask for the 25-year-old star player and I’d want a better price before jumping on him.

We can’t exclude Roger Federer (+2500) in our preview. The Swiss tennis superstar is having a great 2019 with wins in the Dubai Tennis Championship and Miami Open. He was second place in the BNP Paribas Open as well and he’s one of the best clay court players. The problem is Federer hasn’t made a French Open final since 2011.


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There isn’t much point looking into value bets at the French Open. In tennis grand slams the cream generally rises to the top as evident by recent winners. While it’s nice cashing in on a longshot tennis futures bet, you should save those bets for other tournaments.

The clay court season starts today (April 8th 2019) with the Houston Open, however, the big stars won’t be participating in this ATP 250 event. We’ll see the big guns come out in the Monte-Carlo Masters in Monaco later this month.