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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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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.

2020 French Open Tournament

The 2020 French Open was held in Paris from Sunday 27 September to Sunday 11 October. Usually the second Grand Slam of the yearm, due to the ongoing crisis, it was  the third and final one of the year.

The Men's Singles title was again won by Rafael Nadal, his 13th title in Paris and the fourth in a row. Nadal didn' drop a set in the tournament and beat Novak Djokovic in the final. Nadal won the first two sets of that final for the loss of just two games, before a tighter third set that he won 7-5. Nadal has played 13 finals in this tournament and won every single one of them.

There always seem to be shocks in the women's singles tournaments, wherever they are held. 2020 was no exception. Only three seeds made it through to the last egiht and a new star was born in Iga Swiatek. The 19-year-old Polish player was ranked 54th in the world at the start of the tournament. She had a good pedigree on clay with several wins on the second-tier ITF circuit and had reached the fourth round at Paris in 2019. 

Swiatek was in dominant form throughout the tournament. The teenager beat the 15th seeded Marketa Vondrousova in the first round, losing just three games. Only 13 were lost in the first three rounds, then she took on number one seed Simona Halep and beat her 6-1, 6-2.  Two qualifiers were beaten in the quarter and semi-finals, before she defeated Sofia Kenin, the fourth seed and 2020 Australian Open champion 6-4, 6-1. That made her the lowest ranked player to win a women's singles title in a Grand Slam and all for the loss of 28 games with no sets dropped and just two sets having a double-figure number of games.

is the defending champion and he will be bidding to win this title for the 13th time in his career. He has won this tournament in each of the past three years. The past two years has seen him defeat Dominic Thiem in the final.

The Women's Singles title has been a bit more open than its male counterpart. The defending champion is Ashleigh Barty but it's not been confirmed yet that the Australian will be taking part. The world number one has already withdrawn from the US Open. Not since 2007 has the title been retained. That feat was achieved by Justine Henin and since then, only two players - Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams - have won the title more than once with both having two title triumphs.

 

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 12 times and is subsequently regarded as the 'King of Clay' given just how impressive he is on the surface.

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.

Men's Singles

Recent Champions

  • 2020 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2019 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2018 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2017 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2016 - Novak Djokovic
  • 2015 - Stan Wawrinka
  • 2014 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2013 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2012 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2011 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2010 - Rafael Nadal

Women's Singles

Recent Champions

  • 2020 - Iga Swiatek
  • 2019 - Ashleigh Barty
  • 2018 - Simona Halep
  • 2017 - Jelena Ostapenko
  • 2016 - Garbine Muguruza 
  • 2015 - Serena Williams
  • 2014 - Maria Sharapova
  • 2013 - Serena Williams
  • 2012 - Maria Sharapova
  • 2011 - Li Na
  • 2010 - Francesca Schiavone

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