The 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament will be the 117th French Open, and will once again take place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10.
It may be an age away but, whilst the stars of the men’s game are taking a well-earned rest, it’s time to take a look and see if the bookies are offering any ante-post value.
2018 French Open Tennis Ante-Post Betting Guide
Rafa Nadal 6/5, Novak Djokovic 6/1, Andy Murray 9/1, Dominic Thiem 10/1, Stan Wawrinka 10/1, Alexander Zverev 28/1, Roger Federer 28/1, David Goffin 40/1
Started the 2017 ATP Season at number 9 in the world rankings but, in the absence of Djokovic and Murray, the Spaniard quickly returned to World Number 1. He’s also won 10 of the last 13 French Open Men’s Single Titles, and won the 2017 renewal without dropping a set, destroying Thiem in the semis and Wawrinka in the final. Only doubt is the knee injury that saw him withdraw for the ATP Tour World Finals, but the “King of Clay” is likely to be odds-on if turning up in the same form as last year.
Made 4 of the last 6 French Open Finals, but only victory was in 2016 when he completed his Grand Slam. Impossible to gauge how much motivation he will have on his return from injury, but this is the grand slam he’s least likely to win on past evidence.
Would love to win a French Open, but clay has traditionally been his worst surface throughout his career. Still managed to make 3 semi-finals and 1 final in the last 4 seasons, but usually succumbs to the other top players. Also returns from injury.
Has become one of the best clay court players in the men’s game, and made the semi-finals at Roland Garros in both 2016 and 2017. Beat a below par Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2017, but won just 8 games against Nadal in the semi-finals.
Has become a real force in Grand Slams in the last 4 seasons, winning 3 of his last 16 slams, including the 2015 French Open. Also made the semi-finals in 2016, and lost to the final to Nadal in 2017. Has the potential to beat any of the seeded players, but is another with something to prove as he returns from injury.
The most improved player on the ATP Tour last season, buy yet to make any impact in Grand Slams, including a first-round exit at last year’s French Open. Looks sure to improve his slam-stats in the 2018 season, but unlikely winner of the French Open at this stage.
Hopefully you haven’t already taken the 28/1 for Federer to win the French Open as, though it looks a massive price, it’s worth noting that he chose to miss the whole of the clay court season in 2017. Has won one French Open Title, but unlikely to try and make it two.
Was well-fancied in many quarters for the 2017 French Open, but had to withdraw after a freak injury caused by getting stuck in a partition. However, he reached the French Open Quarter-Finals in 2016, and finished the 2017 season strongly. One of the more likely outsiders.
Odds-against for Rafa Nadal looks generous considering the world number one has won 10 of the last 13 French Opens, however he is prone to injuries, and I’d sooner take a slightly shorter-price nearer the time if he’s fit. It’s also impossible to recommend Djokovic, Murray or Wawrinka as they return from injury, whilst Federer probably won’t even turn up. Therefore, there looks to be room to take a chance on an outsider – and the improving David Goffin fits the bill
2018 French Open Ante-Post Tip:
David Goffin each-way @ 40/1 Marathon or PaddyPower