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2021 French Open Preview

The coronavirus pandemic may have caused some major delays for last year’s French Open, but it’s all systems go for this year—for the most part at least. Originally set to begin May 23, the tournament was pushed back one week in hopes that the extra time will make it possible to include as many spectators as possible in the stands. Now, the action is set to take place between May 30 and June 13 at Stade Roland Garros in Paris.

Betting odds on men’s tennis final and women’s are already open to the public, and at press time, the reigning champions are the top betting commodities. Rafael Nadal is a heavy -120 favourite to earn his 14th French Open, while Iga Swiatek and Simona Halep are co-favourites on the women’s side. We’ll preview the top three contenders for both the men’s and women’s singles and include their current tennis odds.

 

2021 French Open Men’s Contenders

 

Rafael Nadal -120 Tennis Odds

With 13 French Open singles titles to his name, Nadal pretty much owns the clay court at Roland Garros. He has won every year since 2017 and has no plans to retire any time soon. He turned aside Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Barcelona Open (clay) in April after Tsitsipas eliminated Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open (hard court) in February. He was, however, eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open clay courts just this weekend.

 

Novak Djokovic +325 Tennis Odds

The world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, Djokovic is not a clay court specialist. Out of his 18 Grand Slam titles, he has won the French Open just once in 2016 –the year Nadal had to withdraw. This year, he was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Belgrade (clay) in April and in the Round of 16 at the Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (clay). He did win the Australian Open on his preferred hard-court surface at the beginning of the year. His most recent tournament, the Serbia Open (outdoor clay) saw him reach the semi-finals, where he fell to Aslan Karatsev in three sets.

 

Dominic Thiem +600 Tennis Odds

No. 4 in world tennis rankings, Thiem came close to winning the French Open in 2018 and 2019; in both tournaments, Nadal beat him in the finals. Last year, he made it to the quarter-finals, where he lost to Diego Schwartzman. Just before, he won his first major, the US Open. Thiem has looked strong in the 2021 Madrid Open, where he has advanced to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. This time, he’ll face Alexander Zverev, who eliminated Nadal in two sets.

 

2021 French Open Women’s Contenders

 

Iga Swiatek +500 Tennis Odds

Last year’s French Open winner, Swiatek has stormed onto the scene since going pro in 2016. She entered the 2020 French Open as a No. 54 long shot and drew much attention when she upset No. 2 Simona Halep in the fourth round en route to winning her first major at the tender age of 18. This year, she won the Adelaide International in Australia on outdoor hard courts, beating Belinda Bencic in two sets.

 

Simona Halep +500 Tennis Odds

The former No. 1 ranked world tennis player (currently No. 3), Halep has two Grand Slam titles to her name: the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon. Halep has yet to win a singles event this year, but made it to the semifinals at the Women’s Stuttgart Open in Germany. She’s coming off a third-round exit at the Madrid Open where Elise Mertens eliminated her in three sets.

Ashleigh Barty +600 Tennis Odds

Winner of the 2019 French Open, Australian Ashleigh Barty is the world’s No. 1 female tennis player and has been on fire this year. She beat Bianca Andreescu to win the Miami Open, and then followed that up with a victory over Aryna Sabalenka at the Women’s Stuttgart Open in April. She also won the Yarra Valley Classic in January. Currently, Barty is awaiting the finals match, again against Sabalenka, at the Madrid Open. It’s scheduled for May 8 at 12:30 PM ET, and Barty is a -125 favourite on the tennis odds board to beat Sabalenka (+105) for the second straight time in a final this year.

Browse the full tennis betting lines at Bodog Sportsbook for the second Grand Slam Major of the year.

 

*Odds a of May 19, 2021

 

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How to Bet on Tennis

As summer approaches and the hockey and basketball seasons come to a close, bettors are rapidly turning their attention to the action on the tennis court. In addition to the sport's four Grand Slam events, tennis tournaments are taking place on a weekly basis, featuring the best men's and women's players in the world. And along with it, a growing number of tennis betting options are becoming available to both experienced and novice sports bettors alike.

Tennis Moneyline Betting

Like so many other sports, moneyline betting is the most popular form of wagering on tennis. With moneyline betting the objective is simple, as you place a wager on which player will win a match, with the amount of your winnings determined by moneyline tennis odds.

  • Rafael Nadal -200
  • Roger Federer +160

In the example illustrated above, Rafael Nadal is listed as the betting favorite to defeat Roger Federer with -200 odds. That means a successful $200 bet will win you $100. Conversely, Federer is pegged as a +160 underdog, which means a successful $100 bet on the Swiss star will win you $160.

Betting the Spread in Tennis

Betting the spread adds a layer of complexity to your tennis betting experience. As in other sports, most notably NFL football and NBA basketball, betting the spread enables you to wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. The same principle applies to tennis.

  • Rafael Nadal -3.5 (-135)
  • Roger Federer +3.5 (+110)

In this example, Nadal is favored to win at least 3.5 more games in the match than Federer, with the spread supported by moneyline odds. That means if Nadal wins 16 games in the match, and Federer wins fewer than 13, a $135 wager on the Spanish superstar will win you $100. However, if Federer stays within three game wins of Nadal, a $100 bet on him will win you $110, even if he fails to win the match.

 

Totals Betting in Tennis

While moneyline betting and betting the spread are focused on the outcome of a match, totals betting is focused on the number of total games played over the course of a match.

  • Rafael Nadal O 23.5 (-130)
  • Roger Federer U 23.5 (+100)

An example of a totals betting line is illustrated above, with the total number of games in the match set at 23.5. The O and U on the betting line denote OVER and UNDER, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout on a winning bet.

In this case, if the total number of games played in the match is OVER 23.5, a successful $130 wager will win you $100. Conversely, should the match between Nadal and Federer feature UNDER 23.5 total games, then a $100 bet on even odds of +100 will win you $100.

Tennis Parlay Betting

Parlay betting enables you to combine multiple bets on a single wager, with the payout determined by enhanced moneyline odds. For example, you can combine a moneyline wager on Nadal to win his match with a bet on the total for another match. However, while a wide variety of combinations can be used to create parlay bets, limitations also exist. For example, with a parlay bet you cannot combine a moneyline bet and a totals bet from the same match on the same ticket.

Tennis Props Betting

With props betting, the power to wager on an array of additional aspects of a tennis match is at your disposal, with an emphasis on individual player performance. Here are a few examples of typical tennis prop bets:

Odd/even games betting enables you to wager on whether the total games played in a match will be an even number or an odd number, and moneyline odds determine the size of the payout to a winner. Player to win a set betting is just how it sounds, as you can bet on whether an individual player will win at least one set in a match, with moneyline odds once again determining the size of the payout.Tennis player totals betting props work on the same principle as totals betting discussed above, but instead of wagering on the total number of games played in a match, tennis player totals betting enables you to wager on whether a player will win OVER or UNDER the established total, with moneyline odds determining your payout.

Tennis Futures Betting

Futures betting has steadily gained in popularity among bettors in recent years. Unlike the array of wagering options discussed in this article that focus on a specific match, futures betting enables you to wager on which player will emerge as the winner of a tournament well in advance of the tournament taking place, and is extremely popular among bettors wagering on Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the US Open.

In fact, for bettors looking to get in on the Wimbledon odds and the US Open odds, futures betting is where they are likely to start.

  • Novak Djokovic +150
  • Rafael Nadal +350
  • Roger Federer +550
  • Milos Raonic +1500
  • Richard Gasquet +20000

Illustrated above is an abbreviated example of what to expect when surveying the futures odds of an upcoming tournament. In this example, Novak Djokovic is listed as a +150 favorite to emerge as the Wimbledon men's champion. That means if the Serbian tennis legend goes on to win the annual event at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a $100 bet will win you $150. Of course, the odds lengthen the further down the list you go. In this case, Nadal is a +350 second favorite, with the potential to pay out $350 in winnings on a $100 bet, while Canadian Milos Raonic is pegged at a lengthy +1500. Typically all players expected to compete in the tournament will be included on the futures, providing you with dozens of futures betting options, with the tournament longshots offering dramatically long odds. In this example, Richard Gasquet is pegged as a lengthy +20000 longshot, meaning a stunning Wimbledon victory from the French veteran would win you $20000 on a $100 bet.

Tennis Live Betting and Set Lines

Set line betting features moneyline betting and betting against the spread, but with an important difference. Instead of wagering on the results over the course of an entire match, set lines enable you to wager on the results of an individual set. And while set lines are usually published for the first set well ahead of when the match is played, set lines for subsequent sets are often available as part of a live betting option. With live betting, the spread and moneyline odds are dynamically updated while the match is being played, allowing you to bet on the fly during the match, and adding an additional layer of excitement to your tennis betting experience.

 

 

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