French Open 2023

Nate Hornung

Written by: Nate Hornung

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The 2023 French Open begins on May 22nd, 2023 and will conclude on June 11th, 2023. We’ve got the best betting guide to help give you a preview of the tournament.

The French Open, also known as the Roland-Garros, is the 2nd of the four major Tennis tournaments that make up the Grand Slam. This tournament is played outdoors on clay, and has been held at the Stade Roland Garros since 1928.

The Roland-Garros takes place annually in late May, and occurs after the Australian Open but before Wimbledon and the US Open. The French Open is widely regarded as the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world, due to the competition and playing surface.

The clay surface makes for a slower paced contest with higher bounce on the ball. It is the only Grand Slam tournament that takes place on clay.

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Tournament Competitions

The Roland-Garros offers the standard five types of tennis competitions for its tournament.

  • Men’s Singles
  • Women’s Singles
  • Men’s Doubles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

2022 French Open Champions

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Iga Światek
  • Marcelo Arévalo & Jean-Julien Rojer
  • Carolina Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic
  • Ena Shibahara & Wesley Koolhof

French Open History & Records

Men’s Singles defending Champion Rafael Nadal actually holds a couple of French Open records. He has the most French Open Men’s Singles titles in the Open Era with 14, and he has the most consecutive Men’s Singles titles, where he won 5 from 2010-2014.

With 14 titles, Nadal actually has the most French Open Championships across all competitions (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles).

On the ladies side of things, we have not had as much single-handed domination as Nadal has had, however there are a couple of interesting talking points.

For starters, the French Open has seen Women’s Singles have unseeded champions in 3 of the last 6 years. Current Women’s Singles defending Champion Iga Światek was one of these unseeded champions back in 2020. Światek won again in 2022, but we saw Barbora Krejčíková win the Roland-Garros in 2021 as an unseeded participant.

Tournament History

The French Championships

The French Championships began all the way back in 1891. It was a Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles only tournament for players who belonged to French clubs. Women’s Singles was first added in 1897, with Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles following in 1902 and 1907, respectively.

This tournament was played at four different venues across the country until 1924. However, beginning in 1907, this tournament was played strictly on clay.

Pre-Open Era

In 1925, this tournament became open to all players internationally, both professionals and amateurs, and was designated as a major championship by the ruling Tennis Federation.

In that year, the French constructed the Stade de Roland Garros, in honor of the French aviator. The tournament moved there on May 24th, 1928, and has been held there ever since.

Open-Era

The French Open, or the Roland-Garros, is one of the longest standing tournaments in tennis history. It has been played for 130 years with just few exceptions of being cancelled.

It has been the 2nd of the 4 major Tennis tournaments almost every year.

In 1946 and 1947, the French Open was the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, as it was held after Wimbledon.

French Open Betting

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Tennis betting is similar to betting on nearly any other sport, there’s a moneyline, a total, but there are a couple types of spreads to wager on.

However, tennis can be tricky for those not familiar. Tennis “Matches” are played to a winning number of “Sets”. In order to win a set, you must win a certain number of “Games” within that set.

The 2022 French Open Men’s Singles Championship score read as Nadal def. Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

This means that Nadal and Ruud were playing a Best-of-5 Match, therefore first to 3 sets wins. Nadal won in straight sets, defeating Ruud 6 games to 3 games in the first two sets, and 6 games to 0 in the last set.

Let’s break it down.

Moneyline

This one is simple, you’re simply betting on who will win the match. The ML is displayed simply as the odds in which the bet will payout.

Games Spread

Now, tennis contests are referred to as “matches” as we learned above. To make things more equal, oddsmakers will set a game spread. In the example above, Nadal won that contest 18 games to 6 games.

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Set Spread

The set spread is usually set at -1.5, much like a runline in baseball or a puckline in hockey. When betting a set spread, it’s important to know if the match is a best-of-3 or best-of-5 contest.

Nadal won the above French Open example 3 sets to 0 sets. Sets are played first to 6 games, and must be won by two games, but if a set is tied at 6 games, a winner-takes-all game is played to award the winner a 7-6 set victory.

Over/Under

When betting on the total in a tennis match, bettors are wagering on the total number of games within a tennis contest. In our example above, Nadal and Ruud played a total of 24 games.

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FAQs

Where can I bet on the French Open?
You can bet on the French Open on virtually any sportsbook available. They all should have French Open lines for games and futures bets.
What is the difference between the French Open and Roland-Garros?
They are the same tournament. Internationally, this tournament is known as Roland-Garros, whereas when spoken in English, it is usually referred to as the French Open.
Is this a major tennis tournament?
Yes! This is one of the four major tennis tournaments that make up the Grand Slam. This is the 2nd of the 4 tournaments. The French Open is after the Australian Open, but before Wimbledon and the US Open.