Nadal, Swiatek Are The 2021 French Open Betting Favorites

Posted on May 28, 2021

The 2021 French Open, the second tennis Grand Slam event of the year, begins Sunday, May 30 at Roland Garros.

Odds for the first round of play are live, and sportsbooks have already settled on their clear favorites.

Players take the court on May 30

The renown clay courts at Roland Garros feature countless strong contenders vying for the title. Qualifiers have competed throughout the week for their final chance at a tournament entry.

The first round gets underway this Sunday, and play continues throughout the following two weeks. The women’s final will take place on Saturday, June 12, while the men’s tournament concludes on Sunday, June 13.

This year’s French Open schedule was pushed back by a week, though its formatting remains the same as previous year.

For tennis fans who aren’t making the trek to France to catch this Grand Slam event in person, you can watch the action on ESPN beginning this Sunday.

Nadal sits atop men’s French Open odds

Going into the tournament, sportsbooks dub “King Of Clay” Rafael Nadal as the betting favorite. Nadal won the tournament last year and is now looking for his 14th French Open win.

Odds for Nadal to walk away with another win are -115 at FanDuel Tennessee Sportsbook. To offer even more value on Nadal wagers, FanDuel is boosting his odds of winning the Open to +125 from now until Sunday morning. This boost can be used on a wager of up to $50, with a maximum potential payout of $112.50.

Sunday’s odds have not yet been posted at FanDuel, but DraftKings Sportsbook gives Nadal -10000 odds of beating out Alexei Popyrin in the first round.

Nadal’s biggest threat comes from Novak Djokovic. Odds for the 34 year-old to win it all are significantly longer than Nadal’s, at +410. However, sportsbooks feel Novak will have no problem taking out his first-round opponent Tennys Sandgren. Djokovic is also a -10000 favorite to win his first match.

Dominic Thiem (+600) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (+600) are other top contenders to look out for.

Swiatek leads the pack for the women

A similar scenario rings true on the women’s side. Last year’s tournament winner, Iga Swiatek is the betting favorite, with odds of +350.

Ashleigh Barty trails behind at +500 as the second favorite of the tournament.

Veteran tennis star and three-time French Open winner Serena Williams carries FanDuel’s eighth-best odds of winning the French Open at +2500.

The French Open happens to be the Grand Slam event Williams has won the least amount of times during her impressive career.

Rising American player Coco Gauff sits at +3500 to win it all. At 17 years old, Gauff is the youngest female player ranked in the top 100 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She has already won two WTA singles titles, three WTA doubles titles, one International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles title, and one ITF doubles title during her short career.

Will a young star take the crown during this year’s highly anticipated French Open or will a returning champion defend the throne?

If you’re willing to wager on it, make sure to check out the betting promos at Tennessee sports betting apps first.

BetMGM $10 free bet for French Open

BetMGM is offering a smashing deal in honor of the French Open.

Now until June 12, bettors can place a wager of $25 or more on any French Open tennis match and receive a $10 Free Bet.

Players are eligible for the free bet regardless of the outcome of their initial wager.

Users must redeem the free bet within seven days of receipt.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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