French Open Tennis Preview, Trends & Analysis

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The French Open is the only clay court grand slam tennis tournament and is usually the second major event of the ATP & WTA season held towards the end of May at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.

French Open Tennis Preview, Trends & Analysis
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When is the 2024 French Open Tournament ?

The 2024 French Open commences on Sunday 26th May and concludes with the Men's Singles Final on Sunday 9th June.

Where is the 2024 French Open Tennis Tournament ?

The French Open Tennis Tournament takes place at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris.

How can I bet on the French Open Tennis Tournament ?

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Who won the 2023 French Open Men's Singles Title ?

Serbia's Novak Djokovic defeated Norway's Casper Ruud 3-0 (7-6, 6-3, 7-5) in the 2023 French Open Men's Singles Final. This momentous victory was a record breaking 23rd Grand Slam title for Novak Djokovic edging ahead of Rafael Nadal on 22 wins. Novak was winning his 3rd French Open title and in the process became the first player to win all four grand slam tournaments at least three times.

Who won the 2023 French Open Women's Singles Title ?

Poland's Iga Swiatek defeated Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic 2-1 (6-2, 5-7, 6-4) in the 2023 French Open Women's Singles Final. Iga Swiatek recorded her 3rd French Open title success after her maiden victory in 2020.

2024 French Open Men's Singles Betting Preview

Who will win the 2024 French Open Men's Singles Title ?

At the time of writing it is rumoured to be Rafael Nadal's final season on the ATP tour, fondly known as the 'King of Clay', Rafa has won a record 14 French Open titles. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeking his 4th French Open title. OLBG's knowledgeable tennis tipsters provide analysis and ante post selections for the French Open Men's Singles winner plus daily tennis predictions during the French Open tournament.

Before we take a closer look at the main contenders in the French Open Men's Singles draw here are the latest 2024 French Open Men's Singles Odds:

2024 French Open 16 Feb @ 15:09 - Win Tournament
Carlos Alcaraz 2.50
Novak Djokovic 3.25
Rafael Nadal 5.00
Jannik Sinner 5.50
Holger Rune 9.00
Daniil Medvedev 12.00
Alexander Zverev 13.00
Casper Ruud 13.00
Stefanos Tsitsipas 17.00
Lorenzo Musetti 34.00

Here's the current top ten players in the world at the time of writing (12th June 2023):

1. Novak Djokovic (Age 36)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 337/412 (81%)
  • French Open Best: WON (2016, 2021 & 2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: 3R
  • 2023 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2023 Madrid: DNP
  • 2023 Rome: QF

2. Carlos Alcaraz (Age 20)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 124/156 (79%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: DNP
  • 2023 Barcelona: Won
  • 2023 Madrid: Won
  • 2023 Rome: 3R

3. Daniil Medvedev (Age 27)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 79/123 (64%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2021)
  • French Open 2023: 1R
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: QF
  • 2023 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2023 Madrid: 4R
  • 2023 Rome: Won

4. Casper Ruud (Age 24)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 212/312 (67%)
  • French Open Best: RU (2022 & 2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: 3R
  • 2023 Barcelona: 3R
  • 2023 Madrid: 2R
  • 2023 Rome: SF

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Age 24)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 183/244 (75%)
  • French Open Best: RU (2021)
  • French Open 2023: QF
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: QF
  • 2023 Barcelona: RU
  • 2023 Madrid: QF
  • 2023 Rome: SF

6. Holger Rune (Age 20)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 119/170 (70%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2022 & 2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: RU
  • 2023 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2023 Madrid: 3R
  • 2023 Rome: RU

7. Andrey Rublev (Age 25)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 121/186 (65%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2020 & 2022)
  • French Open 2023: 3R
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: Won
  • 2023 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2023 Madrid: 4R
  • 2023 Rome: 4R

8. Taylor Fritz (Age 25)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 64/111 (57%)
  • French Open Best: 3R (2020 & 2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: SF
  • 2023 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2023 Madrid: 4R
  • 2023 Rome: 2R

9. Jannik Sinner (Age 21)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 79/124 (63%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2020)
  • French Open 2023: 2R 
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: SF
  • 2023 Barcelona: QF
  • 2023 Madrid: DNP
  • 2023 Rome: 4R

10. Karen Khachanov (Age 27)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 100/171 (58%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2019 & 2023)
  • 2023 Monte Carlo: 3R
  • 2023 Barcelona: 3R
  • 2023 Madrid: QF
  • 2023 Rome: 2R

For more in depth player stats head over to the official ATP Tour website, the French Open Men's draw when available can be viewed on the official Roland Garros website.

French Open Men's Singles Last Ten Winners

Here's a table showing the last ten French Open Men's winners including the beaten finalist and set score:

Year Champion (WR) Runner Up (WR) Set Score
2023 Novak Djokovic (3) Casper Ruud (4) 3-0
2022 Rafael Nadal (5) Casper Ruud (8) 3-0
2021 Novak Djokovic (1) Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) 3-2
2020 Rafael Nadal (2) Novak Djokovic (1) 3-0
2019 Rafael Nadal (2) Dominic Thiem (4) 3-1
2018 Rafael Nadal (1) Dominic Thiem (8) 3-0
2017 Rafael Nadal (4) Stan Wawrinka (3) 3-0
2016 Novak Djokovic (1) Andy Murray (2) 3-1
2015 Stan Wawrinka (9) Novak Djokovic (1) 3-1
2014 Rafael Nadal (1) Novak Djokovic (2) 3-1

A near French Open dominance for Rafael Nadal may be coming to an end as Rafa failed to make the French Open in 2023 due to injury and the Spaniard has indicated 2024 will likely be his last year on the ATP Tour. Rafa has won the French Open title on fourteen occasions since 2005, the blank years being 2009 (4th round defeat to Robin Soderling), 2015 (Quarter Final defeat to Novak Djokovic), he withdrew with an injury after the second round in 2016 and a semi final defeat to Novak Djokovic in 2021 and was absent in 2023.

  • No player outside the top 9 in the world has made the French Open final in the last ten years.
  • Seven finals were contested by players both ranked in the top 5 in the world. 

So finding an each way long shot to make the final outside of the world's top ten would have been largely fruitless. 

Obviously the winners trends for six of the last ten years focus solely on Rafa Nadal, however it's worth noting particularly the clay court form of potential challengers in the main lead up events in Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and Monte Carlo.

World Ranking

  • 10/10 were world ranked in the top 9
  • 9/10 were world ranked in the top 5
  • 7/10 finals were contested by players in the world's top 5

Career Clay Court Statistics & Slam Form

  • 10/10 won at least 69% of their career clay court matches 
  • 10/10 were already a grand slam title winner
  • 10/10 made the QF of that season's Australian Open (January)
  • 9/10 won at least 81% of their career clay court matches

Current Clay Court Form

The four main clay court tournaments in the build up to the French Open at Roland Garros are:

  • ATP Monte Carlo (April)
  • ATP Barcelona (April)
  • ATP Madrid (May)
  • ATP Rome (May)

Here is a chart showing how the French Open Men's Singles winner has performed at those four clay court tournaments in the current season prior to winning here:

Year & Winner Rome Madrid Barcelona Monte Carlo
23 Djokovic QF DNP DNP 3R
22 Nadal 3R QF DNP DNP
21 Djokovic RU DNP DNP 3R
20 Nadal QF n/a n/a n/a
19 Nadal W SF SF SF
18 Nadal W QF W W
17 Nadal QF W W W
16 Djokovic RU W DNP 2R
15 Wawrinka SF 3R DNP 3R
14 Nadal RU W QF QF

W = Won, RU = Runner Up, SF = Semi Final, QF = Quarter Final, 2R = 2nd Round, n/a = no tournament, DNP = Did Not Play.

  • 9/10 made the QF's in Rome (May) prior to winning here

2024 French Open Ladies Singles Betting Preview

Who will win the 2024 French Open Women's Singles Title ?

Poland's Iga Swiatek has already won three French Open titles since 2020 and is fast becoming the player to beat at Roland-Garros. OLBG's knowledgeable tennis tipsters provide their analysis and ante post predictions for the French Open Ladies Singles winner plus daily tennis predictions throughout the French Open tournament.

Before we take a closer look at the main contenders here are the latest 2024 French Open Women's Singles Odds:

2024 French Open 16 Feb @ 15:09 - Win Tournament
Carlos Alcaraz 2.50
Novak Djokovic 3.25
Rafael Nadal 5.00
Jannik Sinner 5.50
Holger Rune 9.00
Daniil Medvedev 12.00
Alexander Zverev 13.00
Casper Ruud 13.00
Stefanos Tsitsipas 17.00
Lorenzo Musetti 34.00

Here's the current top ten players in the world at the time of writing (12th June 2023):

1. Iga Swiatek (Age 22)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 129/150 (86%)
  • French Open Best: Won (2020, 2022 & 2023)
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: Won
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: RU
  • 2023 WTA Rome: QF

2. Aryna Sabalenka (Age 25)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 68/111 (61%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2023)
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: RU
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: Won
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 2R

3. Elena Rybakina (Age 23)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 82/121 (67%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2021)
  • French Open 2023: 3R (walkover)
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Rome: Won

4. Caroline Garcia (Age 29)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 131/221 (59%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2017)
  • French Open 2023: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: QF
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: 3R
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 3R

5. Jessica Pegula (Age 29)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 117/191 (61%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2022)
  • French Open 2023: 3R
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: DNP
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: QF
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 2R

6. Ons Jabeur (Age 28)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 156/216 (72%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2023)
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: SF
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: DNP
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 2R

7. Cori Gauff (Age 19)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 53/74 (71%)
  • French Open Best: RU (2022)
  • French Open 2023: QF
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: 3R
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 3R

8. Maria Sakkari (Age 27)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 168/267 (62%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2021)
  • French Open 2023: 1R
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: 1R
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: SF
  • 2023 WTA Rome: 3R

9. Petra Kvitova (Age 33)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 127/193 (65%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2012 & 2020)
  • French Open 2023: 1R
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: DNP
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Rome: DNP

10. Beatriz Haddad Maia (Age 27)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 208/314 (66%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2023) 
  • 2023 WTA Stuttgart: QF
  • 2023 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2023 WTA Rome: QF

For more in depth player stats take a look at the official WTA Tour website, the French Open Ladies Singles draw when available can be viewed on the official Roland Garros website.

French Open Ladies Singles Last Ten Winners

Here's a table showing the last ten French Open Ladies winners including the beaten finalist and set score:

Year Champion (WR) Runner Up (WR) Set Score
2023 Iga Swiatek (1) Karolina Muchova (43) 2-1
2022 Iga Swiatek (1) Coco Gauff (23) 2-0
2021 Barbora Krejcikova (33) A. Pavlyuchenkova (32) 2-1
2020 Iga Swiatek (54) Sofia Kenin (6) 2-0
2019 Ashleigh Barty (8) Marketa Vondrousova (38) 2-0
2018 Simona Halep (1) Sloane Stephens (10) 2-1
2017 Jelena Ostapenko (47) Simona Halep (4) 2-1
2016 Garbine Muguruza (4) Serena Williams (1) 2-0
2015 Serena Williams (1) Lucie Safarova (13) 2-1
2014 Maria Sharapova (8) Simona Halep (4) 2-1

Iga Swiatek secured her third French Open title victory in 2023 and became the first player to retain the French Open Women's Singles title since Justine Henin in 2007.

Interesting to note the better ranked player of the two finalists has won only five of the last ten finals, we have seen Jelena Ostapenko win in 2017 ranked just inside the top 50, Marketa Vondrousova make the final in 2019 when ranked just inside the top 40 and 2020 saw world number 54 Iga Swiatek (now a three time French Open winner) stun the tennis world with a straight sets win over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. The 2021 final saw Barbora Krejcikova ranked 33 defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ranked 32.

  • Two winners since 2017 had previously progressed no further than the 2nd round at the French Open, Ostapenko had not made it past the 1st round.
  • Predicting the finalists has been a little tricky with just three of the last ten finals contested by two players in the current top ten in the world.

World Ranking

  • 7/10 winners were ranked in the top 8 in the world
  • 4/10 won by the current world number one

Career Clay Court Statistics & Slam Form

  • 10/10 won at least 62% of their career clay court matches
  • 10/10 won at least 40 career clay court matches
  • 6/10 were maiden grand slam title winners, all since 2016

Current Clay Court Form

  • All last ten French Open Ladies Singles winners played (with mixed success) in the WTA Rome prior to winning in Paris, just two making the Rome final and one winning. 
  • Seven of the last ten winners also played the WTA Madrid on route and six contested the WTA Stuttgart with three winning the latter.

Here is a chart showing how the French Open Ladies Singles winner has performed at these three clay court tournaments in the current season prior to winning here:

Year Winner Rome Madrid Stuttgart
2023 Swiatek QF RU W
2022 Swiatek W DNP W
2021 Krejcikova 3R 1R DNP
2020 Swiatek 1R n/a n/a
2019 Barty 3R QF DNP
2018 Halep RU QF QF
2017 Ostapenko 2R DNP 1R
2016 Muguruza SF 2R QF
2015 S. Williams 3R (ret.) SF DNP
2014 Sharapova 3R W W

W = Won, RU = Runner Up, SF = Semi Final, QF = Quarter Final, 2R = 2nd Round, n/a = no tournament, DNP = Did Not Play, ret. = retirement

  • Prior to Iga Swiatek winning in 2022, only Maria Sharapova (2012 & 2014) and Serena Williams (2013) managed to win one of the above clay court tournaments in the same season before going on to victory in the French Open Women's Singles.

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