French Open Free Bets
The second Grand Slam in the tennis calendar and the best (and hardest) clay court competition in the world, the French Open comes around at the end of May every year in Paris. Given the surface, the tournament can regularly spring a few surprises with some lesser names more adept at playing on clay so it's well worth doing your research before using your free bets.
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The 2018 French Open begins on May 27th and takes place over the following two weeks. It is the most prestigiuos clay court tournamenrt in the world and due to the nature of the courts the most physically demanding. Andy Murray and Roger Federer are not playing in Paris and Novak Djokovic has had a dip in form since winning the French Open in 2016. Rafael Nadal is a big favourite at 4/9 with Ladbrokes to win the title for the 11th time and the logic behind backing him at a short price is described on our French Open preview. Dominic Thiem has shown some decent form on clay and is the player who potentially could beat the favourite but Nadal canot be opposed in his favourite event.
How to use your free French Open bet
There may only be a few fancied players in both the men’s and the women’s games but with the draw featuring 128 players and plenty of other markets for each game there are many more options other than just betting on the tournament winner.
There will be plenty of news surrounding odds and form detailed ahead of the event on this page so be sure to keep an eye out on that in the run up to this tournament so you know exactly who to back.
To claim your French Open free bet is easy. Once you have picked your bet then click on the link of your preferred bookmaker on the right of the screen. You may choose one of our recommended bookmakers in the directory at the top of this page.
At the bookmakers site you need to register which is a simple process that the bookie will take you through and follow the instructions. When your free bet is ready to go, pick your chosen French Open bet, place it in the betting slip and enjoy the match.
What are the best French Open markets to bet on?
As mentioned above there is plenty more to bet on than just the tournament winner although that is, of course, the most popular market. The name the finalists market also provides a more attractive option given the slightly larger prices on offer whilst you can also bet on the
Many of the win markets provide very short prices on the favourites in the earlier rounds so not a lot of profit can be garnered although putting a number of favourites together in an accumulator can be a good way of getting good value out of the opening rounds. Some bookies will not let you use your free bets on accumulators but for the ones that do, then the French Open could well be a good time to cash them in.
There are plenty of markets available to bet on in each match as well including:
- The number of aces
- The number of games
- Handicap markets
Tennis also provides good options for In-Play markets and all major bookmakers provide this option. This allows you to gauge the game as you are watching it and get your bets on during the match.
Sum up the French Open for me
The historic tournament dates all the way back to 1891 when a man simply known as H. Briggs became one of only two Brits to date who have won the event. At the time it was called the French Championships but became the French Open in 1968 when Australia’s Ken Rosewall became the first champion under the new guise.
There have been many great champions over the years who have dominated the tournament, in the early days it was Max Decugis, the Frenchman winning eight championships between 1903 and 1914 and Bjorn Borg having won six from 1974 to 81. However, the most prominent of all is the reigning and defending champion Rafael Nadal who has won a record number of 10 titles, which in the professional era is an unbelievable achievement.
Officially known as Les internationaux de France de Tennis, the French Open is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in the west of Paris. It is regarded as the best clay court tennis championship event in the world.
It comes second in the tennis calendar as the the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments; the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. It is the only Grand Slam event held on clay and ends the spring clay court season.
For brevity many just refer to it as The French Open. Because of the slow-playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
Who are the biggest French Open winners?
Rafael Nadal has been known to suffer injuries, but he will always go in as favourite in Paris, ahead of the usual trio at the top of the odds of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Nadal has absolutely dominated the event, winning it a quite staggering 10 times and is subsequently regarded as the 'King of Clay' given just how impressive he is on the surface.
In the women’s game no one has dominated the competition like Nadal has in the men’s in recent years. Justine Henin won four of the five competitions from 2003 to 2007 but since then there has been a different champion each year with Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Li Na all winning the tournament in recent years.
It has regularly been the most difficult women’s Grand Slam to call as the great player of the last decade or so Serena Williams has only managed to win it twice and those victories were over a decade apart; so the favourites have regularly changed. Williams remains a threat in any tournament she competes in, but she no longer dominates the odds as she did in the past.
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