The 2017 French Open will be the 116th edition of the famous Grand Slam tournament. Played on the distinctive red clay surface at Roland Garros, the French Open is one of four Grand Slam events played every season.
The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open has been won by many greats of the game. Former winners of the men’s title in the open era include Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Gustavo Kuerten and Rafael Nadal.
Previous winners of the women’s French Open title feature great names such as Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Justine Henin.
Who will succeed in 2017 and be crowned the French Open champion?
1. Men’s Singles
The defending champion of the French Open men’s singles event is Novak Djokovic. The Serb completed the career Grand Slam by winning the tournament last year but things haven’t been going his way since then.
Having underperformed in several events this year, including the Australian Open, Djokovic took the drastic step of removing members of his backroom team, including his coach, who had been with him for 10 years. Djokovic called it ‘shock therapy’ and it remains to be seen if it will have the desired impact.
Djokovic is 4.33 to win the 2017 French Open, a tournament which has proved tough for him over the years and given his current form, he does not make a tempting bet.
The favourite, priced at 1.83 with Ladbrokes is Rafael Nadal. The 9-time French Open winner seems to be back to his best and that’s an ominous sign for every other player in the draw at Roland Garros. Nadal loves the clay and has already won tournaments on the surface in 2017, including the Madrid Open. With his fitness and confidence back, Nadal is rightly the favourite.
World Number one, Andy Murray, has found life tough at the top of the rankings. The Scot has struggled in 2017 and failed to get beyond the Round of 16 in Paris, Monte-Carlo and Madrid this season. The French Open is one of two Grand Slam titles to elude Murray but even at 11.00, the title looks out of reach this year.
The 2017 Australian Open winner, Roger Federer, has decided to withdraw from the tournament to concentrate on the grass and hard-court surfaces. The Swiss says this will increase his longevity on the ATP Tour but he will be sorely missed at Roland Garros.
Federer’s loss could be Dominic Thiem’s gain. The Austrian reached the semi-final of the French Open in 2016 and has reached the final in Barcelona and Madrid this year. Thiem has experience of defeating the big-name players, including Rafael Nadal and makes a good outside bet at 10.00 with Bet365.
2. Women’s Singles
With the withdrawal of Serena Williams, there is no clear favourite for the women’s singles title at the 2017 French Open.
The American will not play any tennis this year due to her pregnancy and this has given the draw for the women’s event a more open feel.
One woman looking to advantage of Williams’ absence is Simon Halep. The Romanian has reached the final at Roland Garros before in her career and will be aiming to go one better in 2017. Having won the Madrid Open, Halep will feel well prepared to take on the rest of the field in Paris and can be backed at 4.50 with Bet365.
The defending champion is Garbine Muguruza but the Spanish player is not in good form. The world number seven failed to get beyond the Round of 16 at Miami, Stuttgart and Madrid, which on the face of it, makes it is difficult to back her to win the French Open this year. However, without any player standing out from the crowd, Muguruza could go far if she starts well and can be backed at 11.00 with Bet365 to win the tournament.
One name who has been causing headlines in women’s tennis recently is Maria Sharapova. The Russian has returned to competitive action having had her suspension for a failed drugs test reduced. However, French Open authorities decided to deny her wild card invitation, that means she won't play at Roland Garros this year.
Finally, the current world number one, Angelique Kerber is available at odds of 17.00 to win the French Open. However, the German has a very poor record at Roland Garros and is yet to win a tournament in 2017, making Halep the favourite for the title.
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