French Open Guide

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A general view of Roland Garros during a French Open match (Photo by USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images).

Bettingpro's guide to the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, the French Open.

The French Open is arguably the most intriguing grand slam in the women’s game because only two active players have managed to reign at Roland Garros more than once – Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Williams has not lifted this trophy since 2015 though, with Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Simona Halep and defending champion Ashleigh Barty all getting their hands on the prize since Serena’s last success.

That quartet is expected to challenge again in 2020, alongside Williams of course, and in a wide-open field the bookmakers are also not writing off the likes of Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, Maidson Keys and Elina Svitolina.

Johanna Konta made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2019 and she is considered a dark horse as she bids to end Great Britain’s long, long wait for women’s singles champion at one of the grand slams.

The men’s picture is a little more straightforward – Rafael Nadal took his incredible record-setting haul of French Open titles to 12 in 2019 and the bookies believe he will take some stopping as he bids to claim number 13, and his fourth in a row, in 2020.

 

French Open Winners

YEAR MEN’S CHAMPION WOMEN’S CHAMPION
1968 Ken Rosewall Nancy Richey
1969 Rod Laver Margaret Court
1970 Jan Kodes Margaret Court
1971 Jan Kodes Evonne Goolagong
1972 Andres Gimeno Billie Jean King
1973 Ilie Nastase Margaret Court
1974 Bjorn Borg Chris Evert
1975 Bjorn Borg Chris Evert
1976 Adriano Panatta Sue Barker
1977 Guillermo Vilas Mima Jausovec
1978 Bjorn Borg Virginia Ruzici
1979 Bjorn Borg Chris Evert
1980 Bjorn Borg Chris Evert
1981 Bjorn Borg Hana Mandlikova
1982 Mats Wilander Martina Navratilova
1983 Yannick Noah Chris Evert
1984 Ivan Lendl Martina Navratilova
1985 Mats Wilander Chris Evert
1986 Ivan Lendl Chris Evert
1987 Ivan Lendl Steffi Graf
1988 Mats Wilander Steffi Graf
1989 Michael Chang Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1990 Andres Gomez Monica Seles
1991 Jim Courier Monica Seles
1992 Jim Courier Monica Seles
1993 Sergi Bruguera Steffi Graf
1994 Sergi Bruguera Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1995 Thomas Muster Steffi Graf
1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Steffi Graf
1997 Gustavo Kuerten Iva Majoli
1998 Carlos Moya Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1999 Andre Agassi Steffi Graf
2000 Gustavo Kuerten Mary Pierce
2001 Gustavo Kuerten Jennifer Capriati
2002 Albert Costa Serena Williams
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero Justine Henin
2004 Gaston Gaudio Anastasia Myskina
2005 Rafael Nadal Justine Henin
2006 Rafael Nadal Justine Henin
2007 Rafael Nadal Justine Henin
2008 Rafael Nadal Ana Ivanovic
2009 Roger Federer Svetlana Kuznetsova
2010 Rafael Nadal Francesca Schiavone
2011 Rafael Nadal Li Na
2012 Rafael Nadal Maria Sharapova
2013 Rafael Nadal Serena Williams
2014 Rafael Nadal Maria Sharapova
2015 Stan Wawrinka Serena Williams
2016 Novak Djokovic Garbine Muguruza
2017 Rafael Nadal Jelena Ostapenko
2018 Rafael Nadal Simona Halep
2019 Rafael Nadal Ashleigh Barty