2018 French Open Betting Preview and Sportsbook News
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Roland Garros is set to begin this online tennis betting weekend, allowing us to get in on the 2018 French Open betting action. Rafael Nadal will be hunting down his 11th title while Jelena Ostapenko returns to defend last year’s eye-catching title run. On top of that, teaser sports betting fans can look forward to seeing Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and the biggest names in tennis competing this weekend. Let’s mulch over some pertinent information for the 2018 French Open before looking over some compelling matchups.
2018 French Open – Sunday, May 27th – Sunday, June 10th
When: Coverage Begins ~ 7:00 am ET
Where: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
TV: Tennis Channel & NBC
Stream: NBC Extra
Category: Grand Slam Tournament
Prize Money: €39,197,000
As usual, the tourney will be played on the clay outdoor courts at the Stade Roland Garros. There are plenty of different ways of turning into the event. As aforementioned, Jelena Ostapenko returns as the defending Women’s Singles champion. At the same time Rafael Nadal returns as the Men’s Singles champion. Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus won the Men’s Doubles last year and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova claimed the Women’s Doubles.
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The three-time champion will open up here French Open action by facing Czech Kristyna Pliskova in their first round of this year’s draw. Serena’s entry into this year’s tournament is especially significant because the superstar hasn’t seen Grand Slam play since giving birth last September. On top of that, Williams just happens to be unseeded.
Despite being the former No. 1 female player in the world, it seems that the rankings really look down on giving birth. After her hiatus, Williams returns to see that she is ranked 453rd in the world. All in all we’ve seen Williams compete in four tour matches but has yet to give the rankings any real reason for a bump. This time around Williams will be using her protected ranking from before her daughter, Alexis, came into the world.
Pliskova, Williams’ opening opponent, comes in ranked 70th in the World. Naturally, sportsbook bettors can expect Serena to open as a betting underdog against Pliskova. If Williams is able to survive the challenge, she could find herself on a path to face Sharapova, her longtime rival. Sharapova is seeded at the French Open for the first time since she received a 15-month ban for a doping violation. Notwithstanding that drama, seeing Williams vs. Sharapova is something we can all get behind.
Djokovic is the former world number one. However, after being dealt an elbow injury, the Serbian has dropped down to No. 20. Subsequently, Djokovic will be playing a qualifier in the first round. Interestingly enough, the 12-time Grand Slam victor drew in Grigor Dimitrov’s quarter of the field. Subsequently, online tennis betting players could see these two face each other in the last 16.