French Open 2018

28 May - 4 June

The French Open is the second annual Grand Slam tennis tournament following the Australian Open in the summer down under. Contested on red clay courts, the only Grand Slam event on that notoriously slow surface, the French Open is officially known as the Internationaux de France de Roland-Garros.

Named in honour of French aviator Roland Garros, the French Open is of the most prestigious sporting competitions in the world and betting on the series is very popular with punters. The set-up of the French Open tournament makes it one of the most gruelling set of matches for the world’s pro-tennis players.

Taking place in Paris over two weeks in May – June each year it is the culmination of the clay court season. Roland Garros has origins dating back to 1891, but the international tournament didn’t begin until 1925. As with all four Grand Slam tournaments the French Open’s major divisions are the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

French Open 2018

  • Date: May 28 – June 4, 2018
  • Edition: 117th
  • Venue: Stade Rolan Garros, Paris
  • Grand Slam: 2nd of 2018
  • 2017 Men’s Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • 2017 Women’s Singles Champion: Jeļena Ostapenko

2017 French Open Results

2017 French Open Results: Men’s Singles

  • Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • Runner-Up: Stan Wawrinka
  • Final Score: 6-2, 6-3, 6-1

The French Open 2017 Men’s Singles Final confirmed Rafael Nadal is truly the “King of Clay” as the Spaniard celebrated his record 10th French Open success in a straight sets win over Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. It was a dominant and abrupt victory by Nadal who now has 15 Grand Slam singles titles, just three behind the Swiss master Roger Federer to sit second on the all-time Grand Slam titles list, after ending his three-year drought and surpassing Pete Sampras’ total of 14 Slams. Nadal won every set in played during the French Open tournament, dropping just 35 games, which is the second fewest in the open era of men’s singles titles at any Grand Slam tournament. The achievement has been dubbed “La Décima” – “the tenth” in Spanish.

2017 French Open Results: Women’s Singles

  • Champion: Jeļena Ostapenko
  • Runner-Up: Simona Halep
  • Final Score: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

In a surprise 2017 Women’s Singles French Open final result, 20-year-old Latvian Jeļena Ostapenko upset World No. 3 Simona Halep. Ostapenko, who turned 20 during her French Open semi-final win over Timea Bacsinsky, became the first unseeded female tennis player to make the Roland Garros final since 1983. She was also the first Latvian player to make the final of any tennis major in history. A French Open record continued with her victory over Halep as she became the first unseeded woman since 1933 to take out the French Open final. After starting the tournament with a ranking of 47th in the world, she has now moved into a career-best ranking of world No. 12.

Major French Open Titles & Current Champions

  • Men’s Singles: Current champion Rafael Nadal (2017)
  • Men’s Doubles: Ryan Harrison / Michael Venus (2017)
  • Women’s Singles: Jeļena Ostapenko (2017)
  • Women’s Doubles: Bethani Mattek-Sands / Lucie Šafářová (2017)
  • Mixed Doubles: Gabriela Dabrowski / Rohan Bopanna (2017)

Over €28 million (AUD $40 million) is on offer for the French Open winners and the matches are played at Stade Roland Garros. The French Open Era started in 1968 and prior to that precursors to the French Open were the French Championships and unofficially the World Hard Court Championships.

French Open betting

Nadal won his 10th Roland Garros Title after becoming the 2017 Champion. Photo Credit: Sporting News.

The Women’s Singles French Open winner is awarded the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, while The Men’s winner is awarded the Coupe des Mousquetairesm named after the Four Musketeers of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste.

Other French Open awards include the Prix Orange for best sportsmanship and cooperative attitude with the press; the Prix Citron for strongest player character and personality; and the Prix Bourgeon award for the year’s tennis player revelation.

French Open Odds & Betting

The French Open has a long and rich history and plenty of champions have graced the prestigious but dirty red clay courts in Paris etching their names on the French Open winners list. The French Open Era dates back to 1968 and as of 2016 there has been 115 editions.

French Open Grand Slam Odds

The Roland Garros Stadium is host to the French Open Grand Slam.

Some of the most popular French Open betting odds are the outright prices on offer for the Men’s French Open Singles and Women’s French Open Singles winners. Once the French Open Gland Slam matches are set, head-to-head markets on all the games go up.

There are lots of exotic French Open tennis betting markets open on every game with odds on everything from total sets, whether there will be a tie-break in the first set, a player to win the first set and the match, the first player to serve a game to love and who will break first serve.

When it comes to Roland Garros betting a good French Open tip is to consider the surface. The clay court slows down ball play, producing a higher bounce compared to grass or hard surface courts and as such can take the advantage away from notable big servers. Plenty of other Grand Slam winners and champions have failed to dominate at the French Open for this reason, and are found at much longer odds than they would at the other three major tennis tournaments an example being Venus Williams.

The 2018 French Open is the next edition of the time-honoured tennis classic running from Monday May 28, 2017 – Monday June 4, 2018 next year and betting on the outright French Open Men’s Singles Winner and French Open Women’s Singles Winner will open months in advance of the tournament.

French Open Winners of the Past

The French Open has a long and rich history and plenty of champions have graced the prestigious but dirty red clay courts in Paris etching their names on the French Open winners list. The French Open Era dates back to 1968 and as of 2016 there has been 115 editions.

Year Event Champion Runner-Up Score
2018 Men’s Singles TBD TBD TBD
2018 Women’s Singles TBD TBD TBD
2017 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2017 Women’s Singles Jeļena Ostapenko Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2016 Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6-4
2016 Women’s Singles Garbine Muguruza Serena Williams 7–5, 6–4
2015 Men’s Singles Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6-4
2015 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Lucie Safarova 6–4, 6–7, 6-2
2014 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
2014 Women’s Singles Maria Sharapova Simona Halep 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
2013 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal David Ferrer 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
2013 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Maria Sharapova 6–4, 6–4
2012 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
2012 Women’s Singles Maria Sharapova Sara Errani 6–3, 6–2
2011 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1
2011 Women’s Singles Li Na Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 7–6(7–0)
2010 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Robin Söderling 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
2010 Women’s Singles Francesca Schiavone Samantha Stosur 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
2009 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Robin Söderling 6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
2009 Women’s Singles Svetlana Kuznetsova Dinara Safina 6–4, 6–2
2008 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2008 Women’s Singles Ana Ivanovic Dinara Safina 6–4, 6–3
2007 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2007 Women’s Singles Justine Henin Ana Ivanovic 6–1, 6–2
2006 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2006 Women’s Singles Justine Henin Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–4
2005 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Mariano Puerta 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2005 Women’s Singles Justine Henin Mary Pierce 6–1, 6–1
2004 Men’s Singles Gastón Gaudio Guillermo Coria 0–6, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1, 8–6
2004 Women’s Singles Anastasia Myskina Elena Dementieva 6–1, 6–2
2003 Men’s Singles Juan Carlos Ferrero Martin Verkerk 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
2003 Women’s Singles Justine Henin Kim Clijsters 6–0, 6–4
2002 Men’s Singles Albert Costa Juan Carlos Ferrero 6–1, 6–0, 4–6, 6–3
2002 Women’s Singles Serena Williams Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2001 Men’s Singles Gustavo Kuerten Àlex Corretja 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2, 6–0
2001 Women’s Singles Jennifer Capriati Kim Clijsters 1–6, 6–4, 12–10
2000 Men’s Singles Gustavo Kuerten Magnus Norman 6–2, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)
2000 Women’s Singles Mary Pierce Conchita Martínez 6–2, 7–5)

Men’s Singles Champions

The youngster male player to win the French Open was Michael Chang (17 years and 3 months) in 1989, while the oldest French Open champion was forty-year-old André Vacherot (1901). In the Open Era the oldest winner was Andrés Gimeno (34 years and 9 months) in 1972. Local French players have won more Men’s Singles titles than any other country. Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won an unprecedented 9 Roland Garros titles, the most of anyone and is often referred to as the greatest clay court player of all time with a staggering 72-2 singles record.

Australia’s Ken Rosewall won the first Men’s Singles title of the Open Era in 1968 and Rod Laver went back-to-back for the Aussies winning in 1969. However, these remain the only Australian French Open Men’s Singles champions in the Open Era.

Women’s Singles Champions

The Women’s Singles event at what is now known as the French Open first began in 1897 and to date the record for most Open Era titles (from 1968) belongs to Chris Evert with seven (1974–1975, 1979–1980, 1983, 1985–1986). The French Championship ran from 1897 – 1967) before the Open Era began in 1968. Australian players enjoyed early French Open Women’s Singles success with Margaret Court going back-to-back in 1969-70, followed by Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1971) and Court again in 1973. No Australian has won the title since.

French Open Records

As one of the world’s oldest and most iconic Grand Slam tournaments the French Open winners have set plenty of impressive records.

Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal holds the Men’s French Open Singles record of most titles won (10) as well as the most consecutive French Open Titles in the Open Era (5 from 2010-2014). His record in the French is the best singles record ever in the open era.

One of the reasons behind Rafael Nadal’s great success in the French Open is the clay court that produces a slower surface and suits his style of all out physical tennis with extreme topspin. The only tennis champions to win both the French Open on the slow clay courts and Wimbledon played on the fast grass courts are: Rod Laver, Jan Kodeš, Björn Borg, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

In the Women’s French Open Singles American Chris Evert holds the record of seven titles. In the French Open Doubles French player Max Decugis boasts the most titles in the Men’s division (pre 1967) with 13, while the Women’s division record Doubles title holder is Martina Navratilova with seven.

French Open Men's Singles Odds

Rafael Nadal holds the record for most French Open Men’s Singles titles. Photo Credit: AFP.

Men’s French Open Records – Open Era

  • Most Singles Titles: Rafael Nadal (10)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Daniel Nestor and Maz Mirnyi (4)

Women’s French Open Records

  • Most Singles Titles: Chris Evert (7)
  • Most Doubles Titles: Martina Navratilova (7)

Mixed Doubles French Open Records

  • Most Titles (Male): Max Decugis (7)
  • Most Titles (Female): Suzanne Lenglen (7)

Most Consecutive French Open Titles

  • Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal (5)
  • Women’s Singles: Monica Seles and Justine Henen (3)
  • Men’s Doubles Daniel Nestor (3)
  • Women’s Doubles Martina Navratilova and Gigi Fernandez (5)