Will Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek defend their titles? Find the latest French Open odds for men's and women's singles at Roland Garros 2021
Will the 2021 French Open see Rafael Nadal win an incredible fourteenth Roland Garros title?
After an unusual autumnal edition in 2020, the French Open returns to its regular May-June calendar slot in 2021 with defending champions Nadal and Iga Swiatek leading the charge on the clay courts of Roland Garros.
The 2021 French Open is live from Roland Garros, Paris from 23 May-6 June. Find the latest outright winner odds* for Roland Garros 2021 here:
Here are the latest outright odds for the women’s singles champion at the French Open in 2021:
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The 2021 French Open: As tough as ever
After an unusual 2020 tournament, rescheduled from spring to autumn and played in chilly, damp conditions in front of audiences limited to 1,000 people, the French Open takes on its familiar form in 2021.
Once again the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, will be both the centrepiece and the climax of the European clay-court season, with prestigious tournaments in Monte Carlo, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome all leading up to the two-week stop in Paris from 23 May to 6 June 2021.
Whether or not full capacity crowds will be allowed or not, the French Open will be much more its recognisable self in its regular calendar slot in 2021 – which raises the chances of Rafael Nadal continuing to dominate there even higher.
No player has ever dominated a tournament like Nadal does the French Open: Not even the combination of cold, wet weather, new balls, a global pandemic and Novak Djokovic in the final could stop the ‘King of Clay’ from claiming a thirteenth Roland Garros crown in 2020. He was joined on the winners’ podium by Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old sensation who breezed through a draw including Simona Halep, Marketa Vondrousova and Sofia Kenin to become Poland’s first ever Grand Slam champion. Neither player dropped a set.
The defending champions Nadal and Swiatek will be at the head of the field in 2021, a field which should also include returning champions Ashleigh Barty and Roger Federer, among others.
All bookmakers offer French Open outright odds and you can find the best price available for each contender for the trophy right here.
Read on for a brief profile of the French Open favourites.
Who are the favourites for the French Open title?
The man who needs no introduction, Nadal’s stats at the French Open speak for themselves. Since claiming his first title in 2005, he’s gone on to amass a total of 13 Roland Garros titles – and counting. His record now stands at 100-2, and he has even greater incentive to pick up another French Open title in 2021: He could exceed Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam title record by doing so.
One of only two men to have beaten Nadal at the French Open, Djokovic was unable to repeat the feat when they met in the 2020 final, suffering a one-sided defeat. Djokovic could also have to contend with Dominic Thiem, who’s twice knocked him out of Roland Garros, in 2021.
Dubbed the ‘Prince of Clay’ after twice reaching the French Open final, in 2018-19, Thiem broke through to become a Grand Slam champion when he won the US Open in 2020. He was knocked out of Roland Garros in the quarterfinals but should be back to his best in 2021.
Insanely overpriced at this point, Russia’s Medvedev was a US Open finalist in 2019 and is always a danger on hard courts but is 0-4 at the French Open, despite not being a bad player on clay.
The Greek god made his second Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open in 2020 and even pushed Djokovic to a fifth set there. Tsitsipas is also an ATP Finals champion and a Madrid Masters finalist.
Federer completed the career Grand Slam at the French Open in 2009 but has made infrequent appearances at Roland Garros in recent years. On his last appearance he made the semifinals, but after multiple knee surgeries in 2020 he might not choose to prioritise the French Open in 2021.
A two-time French Open quarterfinalist, Zverev made his first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2020.
The dogged, diminutive Argentine made his first Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open in 2020, knocking out two-time finalist Thiem in the quarterfinals. He also scored his first victory over Nadal in ten attempts at the Rome Masters in 2020.
French Open favourites: The women
We all knew she was going to be a star, but few predicted she would break through quite as fast. At just 19, Swiatek dazzled at the 2020 French Open, winning the title without dropping a set to become Poland’s first Grand Slam champion.
Champion in 2018 and a two-time runner-up, Halep is a consistent French Open performer who rarely fails to make the last 16 or better. She was stopped in the fourth round by an inspired Swiatek in 2020 but that will only fuel her determination in 2021.
Barty wasn’t able to defend the breakthrough maiden major title she won at the French Open in 2019, so the Australian with the all-court game will be even more hungry for success when she returns to the French Open in 2021, likely as the top seed.
Osaka picked up her third Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2020 with another display of unbeatable power tennis. But her clay-court game remains a work in progress.
Kenin won her maiden major title at the Australian Open in 2020, then proved it was no fluke by reaching the final of the French Open that autumn. It took Swiatek to stop the American, who is a ferocious competitor and adapts well to adverse conditions.
The US Open champion in 2019, Andreescu did not play a single match in 2020 and is a bit of an unknown quantity on clay.
The legendary 23-time major champion is always a danger who cannot be discounted, and Williams has won three French Opens in her time. But at 39, clay may be too punishing a surface for Williams.
We think of the left-handed powerful Czech as a grass-courter but Kvitova can be phenomenally effective on clay, as she showed when she powered her way to the French Open semifinals in 2020 – can she go one or two better in 2021?
French Open outright odds: Other markets
There are plenty of other options for outright betting on the 2021 French Open, live from Roland Garros, Paris from 23 May-6 June.
One extremely popular market is to bet on which player will win each quarter, i.e. reach the semifinals.
You can also bet on men’s and women’s players to reach the final, and which half of the draw the winner will come from.