French Open Futures | Odds – Shark

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The gates at Roland Garros are set to open and the King of Clay Rafael Nadal is ready to reclaim his throne as the rightful heir of the French Open. He’s been kicking up dust during the clay court warm-up competitions, going 15-0 with three titles, and sportsbooks have pegged him accordingly as the minus-money favorite to lift the Musketeers’ Trophy for the 10th time during his 15-year tenure on the ATP World Tour.

Bovada has given the man they call Rafa -125 odds to win the 2017 French Open but considering how he’s been playing heading into the second Grand Slam of the season and given his history at Roland Garros, that line actually seems conservative. Nadal won his first French Open title in 2005, when he was just 18 years old and since then? He’s lost just two matches in Paris and gone on to post a career winning percentage of 97.3 at the competition.

His last title at the French may have come almost three years ago but we’re witnessing a refreshed Rafa this season. A Rafa that made the finals at the Aussie Open and that’s been on a tear ever since. The only problem for the Spaniard? He’s on track to face Novak Djokovic in the tournament’s semifinal.

Although he’s had a rough start to 2017, the Joker is always a force to be reckoned with and since he parted ways with his coaching team, he’s had a renewed focus and he even made it to the semifinals of the Madrid Open – where he lost to Rafa in straight sets. The French is the last Slam the Serb has had the pleasure of putting in his bloated trophy case and he’s slotted in behind Nadal on the oddsboard at +400 as he looks to defend his title at Roland Garros for the first time in his career.

Novak’s win in Paris last year put the finishing touch on his Career Grand Slam and the former World No. 1 has admitted that he had trouble finding motivation after completing the journey he set out to when he lifted his first major title at the Aussie Open way back in 2008.

He’ll take on the field in Rome at the Italian Open this week looking to build on his newfound confidence and if he performs well, a bet on him to win a second straight French title could be a wise one.

A dark horse coming into the slam is Dominic Thiem. The 23-year-old Australian pro is the man Rafa beat in the finals at Madrid and Barcelona and he’s presently being offered at +1200. See how he does at Rome this week and wager accordingly.

In other new, Swiss bouncer Roger Federer – the winner of the Aussie Open –  has pulled out of the French for the second year in a row to get ready for the grass-court season. Rog had made a lot of hay on grass during his illustrious career so this decision appears to simply be a case of Federer knowing where his bread is buttered (grass-fed, of course).

2017 French Open Men’s Futures Odds

Odds as of May 15 at Bovada

  • Rafael Nadal -125
  • Novak Djokovic +400
  • Andy Murray +600
  • Stan Wawrinka +900
  • Dominic Thiem +1200
  • Kei Nishikori +2800
  • Nick Kyrgios +3300
  • David Goffin +4000
  • Milos Raonic +4000
  • Grigor Dimitrov +4000
  • Juan Martin Del Potro +5000
  • Alexander Zverev +5000
  • Gael Monfils +6600
  • Tomas Berdych +8000
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga +8000
  • Lucas Pouille +10000
  • Richard Gasquet +10000
  • Marin Cilic +12500
  • David Ferrer +12500
  • Pablo Cuevas +15000
  • Fabio Fognini +15000
  • Jack Sock +15000
  • Pablo Carreno-Busta +20000
  • John Isner +20000
  • Gilles Simon +20000
  • Benoit Paire +20000
  • Kevin Anderson +25000
  • Feliciano Lopez +30000

No Serena puts parity at the forefront at the French

The biggest factor in the women’s draw is the absence of Serena Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam winner announced after her win at the Aussie Open that she was more than a month pregnant and that she’d miss the rest of the 2017 tennis season with intentions to return in 2018. 

Her announcement has left the field at the French wide open and with no clear favorite you’ll have to do some sharp handicapping to turn a profit.

Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are the co-faves (+600) at Bovada with Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber coming in right behind the heavyweights at +800 and +1000 respectively.

Sharapova has not made it to the finals of a tournament since returning from her PED suspension so you may want explore some options here that offer you a little more value.

2017 French Open Women’s Futures Odds

Odds as of May 15 at Bovada

  • Simona Halep +600
  • Maria Sharapova +600
  • Garbine Muguruza +800
  • Angelique Kerber +1000
  • Karolina Pliskova +1200
  • Elina Svitolina +1400
  • Johanna Konta +1800
  • Petra Kvitova +2200
  • Caroline Wozniacki +2500
  • Madison Keys +2500
  • Belinda Bencic +2500
  • Daria Kasatkina +2800
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova +1800
  • Laura Siegemund +3300
  • Lucie Safarova +3300
  • Timea Bacsinszky +3300
  • Agnieszka Radwanska +3300
  • Kristina Mladenovic +2200
  • Carla Suarez Navarro +4000
  • Coco Vandeweghe +4000
  • Eugenie Bouchard +3300
  • Dominika Cibulkova +5000
  • Irina-Camelia Begu +6600
  • Venus Williams +6600
  • Ekaterina Makarova +6600
  • Sam Stosur +6600
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +6600
  • Sloane Stephens +8000
  • Caroline Garcia +8000
  • Jelena Ostapenko +8000
  • Ana Konjuh +10000
  • Monica Puig +10000
  • Roberta Vinci +10000
  • Barbora Strycova +10000
  • Francesca Schiavone +10000
  • Sabine Lisicki +12500
  • Andrea Petkovic +12500
  • Sara Errani +15000
  • Timea Babos +15000
  • Jelena Jankovic +15000
  • Heather Watson +20000
  • Laura Robson +30000

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