Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are the favourites - find the latest French Open odds for men's and women's singles at Roland Garros 2020
Will the 2020 French Open see Rafael Nadal add to his winning history at Roland Garros?
The French Open is live from Roland Garros, Paris from 27 September-11 October. Find the latest outright winner odds* for Roland Garros 2020 here:
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Here are the latest outright odds for the women’s singles champion at the French Open in 2020:
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*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are correct as of the time of writing (00.16 BST on 7/10/2020). BeGambleAware.
The 2020 French Open: Tougher than ever?
Roland Garros 2020 may be one of the most unusual editions of the tournament in its 129-year history: Rescheduled from May-June to September-October, it will be played in chilly, damp conditions in front of audiences limited to a maximum of 1,000.
The French Open is famous for being the toughest physical challenge in tennis, and in 2020 that challenge will be greater than ever, with the champions bound to be the man and woman who can adapt themselves to the very different conditions prevailing in Paris this fortnight.
No player has ever dominated a tournament like Rafael Nadal does the French Open, and the 12-time champion is justly at the top of everybody’s list – but 2016 champion Novak Djokovic has yet to lose a completed match in 2020 and is the only active player ever to beat Nadal at Roland Garros, while Dominic Thiem, the runner-up in 2018-19, comes in on a high after capturing his first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep brings a 14-match winning streak into the French Open and has won her last two clay-court tournaments. The 2018 champion was denied the chance to defend her Wimbledon title in 2020; will she compensate by taking Roland Garros back? Not if former winners Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza have anything to say about it.
All bookmakers offer French Open outright odds and you can find the best price available for each contender for the trophy right here.
Who are the favourites for the French Open title?
Only three men are realistically considered to be contenders for the French Open men’s title in 2020: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.
Nadal is looking for his thirteenth Roland Garros title, an extraordinary degree of domination – but the 34-year-old has never lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires without winning a clay-court title earlier that same season. With just three matches played since February after skipping the US Open, Nadal comes into the French Open very short on match practice, and with questions surrounding him after a shock straight-sets defeat to Diego Schwartzman in Rome.
The ‘King of Clay’ also has to adapt to cold conditions – not his favourite – and a new ball he has already condemned as ‘slow’ and dangerous for players.
Djokovic is the only active player who has beaten Nadal at the French Open, doing so in the 2015 quarterfinals and going on to claim the title in 2016, completing the career Grand Slam. The Serb suffered a shock default in the fourth round of the US Open as he tried to close the gap on Nadal’s 19 Grand Slam titles, but bounced back by winning the Rome Masters and is yet to lose a completed match in 2020.
The 33-year-old was also given a boost when Thiem landed in the other half of the draw, meaning that Thiem and Nadal will face off in the semifinals if both get that far. Thiem has established himself as the ‘Big Three’s heir apparent, reaching the finals of the French Open in 2018-19, the Australian Open in January 2020 and breaking through to become a major champion at the US Open. But a performance slump often follows a breakthrough like that, and Thiem also had an injured foot in the closing stages in New York. The Austrian might not be up to the challenge of beating Nadal and Djokovic back-to-back, which is almost certainly what it would take to win this French Open.
French Open favourites: The women
Roland Garros has seen six women claim their maiden major title over the past decade, and with defending champion Ashleigh Barty not playing – US Open winner Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu are also notable absentees – the field is a bit more open than on the men’s side.
However, a trio of players have emerged as strong favourites to win the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams can never be discounted, as she makes another attempt to claim the 24th major title which has eluded her since returning from maternity leave.
Williams was denied by Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semifinals, with the Belarusian having suddenly returned to form reminiscent of her days ruling as the world no. 1. Azarenka has never excelled on clay, however, unlike Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, who join Williams as French Open favourites.
Both Halep and Muguruza are well acquainted with French Open glory, Halep winning the title in 2018 after twice falling short in the final, and Muguruza stunning Serena Williams in the 2016 final. The powerful Spaniard, now coached by Conchita Martinez, has not fallen before the fourth round of the French Open for the past six years and made a resurgent run to the final of the Australian Open in January. Halep is now on a 14-match winning streak, was a semifinalist at the Australian Open – losing to Muguruza – before winning a trio of titles in Dubai, Prague and Rome.
French Open outright odds: Other markets
There are plenty of other options for outright betting on the 2020 French Open, live from Roland Garros, Paris from 27 September-11 October.
One extremely popular market is to bet on which player will win each quarter, i.e. reach the semifinals. We have broken down both draws in detail in this French Open predictions article, and provided betting tips for each quarter of both the men’s and women’s draws.
You can also bet on men’s and women’s players to reach the final, and bet365 are offering odds on which half of the draw the winner will come from:
Top half 13/8
Bottom half 4/9
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are correct as of the time of writing (20.30 BST on 25/9/2020). BeGambleAware.
On the women’s side, Paddy Power are also offering a ‘big guns vs the field’ bet. In this case, they are taking the ‘big guns’ to be Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, and offering evens on the rest of the field to beat them.