2023 French Open Tennis Preview, Trends & Analysis

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.

2023 French Open Tennis Preview, Trends & Analysis
2023 French Open Tennis Preview, Trends & Analysis

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When is the 2023 French Open Tournament ?

The 2023 French Open commences on Sunday 21st May and concludes with the Men's Singles Final on Sunday 4th June.

Where is the 2023 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 2022 French Open Men's Singles Title ?

Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Norway's Casper Ruud 3-0 (6-3, 6-3, 6-0) in the 2022 French Open Men's Singles Final. Rafael Nadal recorded his 14th French Open title success in the process.

Who won the 2022 French Open Women's Singles Title ?

Poland's Iga Swiatek defeated Coco Gauff from the United States of America 2-0 (6-1, 6-3) in the 2022 French Open Women's Singles Final. Iga Swiatek recorded her 2nd French Open title success after her maiden victory in 2020.

2023 French Open Men's Singles Betting Preview

Who will win the 2023 French Open Men's Singles 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 2023 French Open Men's Singles Odds:

2023 French Open 07 Jul @ 06:56 - Win Tournament
Carlos Alcaraz 2.75
Novak Djokovic 2.87
Rafael Nadal 4.00
Stefanos Tsitsipas 7.50
Casper Ruud 13.00
Alexander Zverev 15.00
Dominic Thiem 26.00
Holger N Rune 26.00
Daniil Medvedev 29.00
Jannik Sinner 29.00

Here's the current top ten players in the world at the time of writing (7th June 2022):

1. Novak Djokovic (35 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 325/397 (82%)
  • French Open Best: WON (2016 & 2021)
  • French Open 2022: QF
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: 2R
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: SF
  • 2022 Rome: Won

2. Daniil Medvedev (26 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 69/110 (63%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2021)
  • French Open 2022: 4R
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: DNP
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: DNP
  • 2022 Rome: DNP

3. Alexander Zverev (25 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 158/231 (68%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2021 & (2022 retired))
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: SF
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: RU
  • 2022 Rome: SF

4. Rafael Nadal (35 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 506/561 (90%)
  • French Open Best & Latest: WON (2005 to 2008), (2010 to 2014), 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2022) 
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: DNP
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: QF
  • 2022 Rome: 3R

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (23 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 166/222 (75%)
  • French Open Best: RU (2021)
  • French Open 2022: 4R
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: Won
  • 2022 Barcelona: QF
  • 2022 Madrid: SF
  • 2022 Rome: RU

6. Casper Ruud (23 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 191/284 (67%)
  • French Open Best: RU (2022)
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: 3R
  • 2022 Barcelona: QF
  • 2022 Madrid: 2R
  • 2022 Rome: SF

7. Carlos Alcaraz (19 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 92/119 (77%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2022)
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: 2R
  • 2022 Barcelona: Won
  • 2022 Madrid: Won
  • 2022 Rome: DNP

8. Andrey Rublev (24 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 104/163 (64%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2020 & 2022)
  • French Open 2021: 1R
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: 3R
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: QF
  • 2022 Rome: 2R

9. Felix Auger Aliassime (21 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 112/170 (66%)
  • French Open Best: 4R (2022)
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: 2R
  • 2022 Barcelona: QF
  • 2022 Madrid: QF
  • 2022 Rome: QF

10. Matteo Berrettini (26 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 91/137 (66%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2021)
  • French Open 2022: DNP
  • 2022 Monte Carlo: DNP
  • 2022 Barcelona: DNP
  • 2022 Madrid: DNP
  • 2022 Rome: DNP

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
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
2013 Rafael Nadal (4) David Ferrer (5) 3-0

A near dominance for Rafael Nadal having won the French Open title on fourteen occasions since 2005, the blank years were 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.

  • 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.

Be sure to check out the Best Tennis Tipsters page for daily tennis tips for the 2022 French Open from OLBG's best performing tennis tipsters.

French Open Men's Singles Ten Year Trends

Or perhaps best referred to as 'Rafa Nadal's Trends'!

Obviously the winners trends for seven 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
  • 9/9 made the QF of that season's Australian Open (January), Nadal did not play the AO in 2013.
  • 9/10 won at least 81% of their career clay court matches
  • 8/10 made the previous season's French Open Final

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
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
13 Nadal W W W RU

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
  • 7/10 made the QF's in Madrid (May)

2023 French Open Ladies Singles Betting Preview

Who will win the 2023 French Open Ladies Singles Title ?

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 2023 French Open Women's Singles Odds:

2023 French Open Women 07 Jul @ 06:56 - Win Tournament
Iga Swiatek 1.91
Simona Halep 10.00
Ons Jabeur 15.00
Paula Badosa 15.00
Cori Gauff 17.00
Maria Sakkari 17.00
Barbora Krejcikova 19.00
Jessica Pegula 19.00
Leylah Fernandez 19.00
Aryna Sabalenka 23.00

Here's the current top ten players in the world at the time of writing (7th June 2022):

1. Iga Swiatek (21 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 108/126 (86%)
  • French Open Best: Won (2020 & 2022)
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: Won
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: DNP
  • 2022 WTA Rome: Won

2. Anett Kontaveit (26 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 100/150 (67%)
  • French Open Best: 4R (2018)
  • French Open 2022: 1R
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: QF
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: DNP
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 2R

3. Paula Badosa Gibert (24 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 159/240 (66%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2021)
  • French Open 2022: 3R (Retired)
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: SF
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 3R

4. Ons Jabeur (27 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 145/202 (72%)
  • French Open Best: 4R (2020 & 2021)
  • French Open: 1R
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: QF
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: Won
  • 2022 WTA Rome: RU

5. Maria Sakkari (26 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 159/253 (63%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2021)
  • French Open 2022: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: 2R (retired)
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: QF

6. Aryna Sabalenka (24 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 54/94 (57%)
  • French Open Best: 3R (2020, 2021 & 2022)
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: RU
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 1R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: SF

7. Karolina Pliskova (30 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 133/232 (57%)
  • French Open Best: SF (2017) 
  • French Open 2022: 2R 
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 1R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 2R

8. Jessica Pegula (28 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 109/179 (61%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2022)
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: DNP
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: RU
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 3R

9. Danielle Collins (28 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 67/99 (68%)
  • French Open Best: QF (2020)
  • French Open 2022: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: DNP
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 3R

10. Garbine Muguruza (28 years old)

  • Career clay court wins/matches: 147/220 (67%)
  • French Open Best: Won (2016)
  • French Open 2022: 1R
  • 2022 WTA Stuttgart: DNP
  • 2022 WTA Madrid: 2R
  • 2022 WTA Rome: 2R

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
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
2013 Serena Williams (1) Maria Sharapova (2) 2-0

Despite Maria Sharapova (2012 & 2014), Serena Williams (2013 & 2015) and Iga Swiatek (2020 & 2022) all winning two French Open titles since 2012, no lady has managed to retain a French Open 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 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 four of the last ten finals contested by two players in the current top ten in the world.

French Open Ladies Singles Ten Year Trends

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 three making the final and two winning. 
  • Seven of the last ten winners also played the WTA Madrid on route and five contested the WTA Stuttgart.

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
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
2013 S. Williams W W DNP

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 Ladies Singles.

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