Given that Rafael Nadal has won seven of the last eight editions of the French Open there is no surprise at all that the man from Majorca will go into the 2020 tournament as the favourite. However, given that he missed much of the 2019 season through injury and has only recently returned to fitness he may not be quite as overwhelming in the odds as he might be.
With his record in the competition Nadal should really be odds-on across the board for an eighth title but due to his problems there are a few bookmakers who are offering him up at evens including Sky bet and William Hill. There will be plenty steaming in at this price, especially as the Spaniard has already been back amongst the titles this season with a big win at the Indian Wells Masters.
As ever in the big tennis competitions the other contenders are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Djokovic was last year’s beaten finalist whilst Federer has reached the last two five times, winning once. The Australian Open champion Djokovic has been an incredible force in the Grand Slams over the last couple of years and his odds of 7/4 with the likes of Blue Square are as long as he is likely to be in any tournament this year so some will be tempted in to cash a free bet in on him at Roland Garros.
Nadal is the man to beat though and he will be prepared to take on all-comers from when the tournament begins on May 26 to coming to a close on June 9.
In the women’s game there has not been a period of domination like there has in the men’s with the last six tournaments all seeing different champions crowned. Maria Sharapova won it last year and she will be amongst the favourites again this time around , however, both Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will be ahead of her in the odds. Williams won the event once before back in 2002 but has struggled in Paris since, however, you can never rule out the 15-time Grand Slam winner.
French Open History
The famous tournament was first held all the way back in 1891 when a Brit known as H. Briggs won the event. The French did not enjoy this foreign success and restored their pride by winning every single event until Jack Crawford of Australia lifted the trophy in 1933. Before 1925 the competition had only been open to French nationals and French tennis club members so it is no surprise that they dominated that period.
In the Open Era though, it has not been such a happy hunting ground for the home nation with only one winner in this period. This was Yannick Noah who won the final in 1983 in straight sets over the legendary Swede and then defending champion Mats Wilander.
The most successful country in the Open Era has been Spain with 13 titles to their name and that has largely been down to the work of Rafael Nadal who has won the title an incredible seven times. The former world number one first won the title in 2005 and has gone on to earn the moniker of The King of Clay due to winning it in every year but one between then and 2012, only Roger Federer disturbing his winning run.
Nadal may still be one championship behind Max Decugis who won the event eight times from 1903 to 1914 but the Spaniard is nevertheless regarded as the greatest clay player of all time thanks to his exploits at the French Open.
Equal prize money is now given to the Men and Women Single winners following in the footsteps of the Nigeria Open.
French Open past winners
||Juan Carlos Ferrero
There are five categories to the competition: Mens Singles, Womens Singles, Mens Doubles, Womens Doubles, Mixed Doubles.
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