What is the French Open?
The French Open is one of the world’s largest tennis tournaments, held yearly over two weeks in late May and early June. Since it is held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, it is often also simply referred to as Roland Garros. Roland Garros was a French aviator, and the stadium refers to him in honour.
The French Open is the premier clay-court tennis tournament in the world, and runs as the second of four total annual Grand Slam tournaments. The other three Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament held on clay.
The French Open’s clay surface is quite a slow-playing surface, making it a slower game. Due to this, and the fact that it includes a five-set of men’s single matches without a tie break in the final set, the French Open is often considered the most physically demanding tennis championship in the world. This also makes it quite exciting to bet on.
Starting to Bet on Tennis
The first thing bettors need to consider before they begin betting on tennis is that they need to be familiar with the four Grand Slams, that is, the above-mentioned French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, and how betting on these differs to betting on other tennis tournaments.
Winning a Grand Slam like the French Open will reward bettors with two thousand ranking points, which lies far above the one thousand ranking points rewarded in each of the nine Masters titles. There are also tiers below this, the ATP 500, ATP 250, and the Challenge Tiers, with much lower rankings.
This makes betting on an event such as the French Open a little more exciting, but also a little more riskier and a little more competitive. That said, betting on a longer match like the French Open can also be a little easier in that bettors can get to know players more intimately and get a better reflection of their playing skills over numerous sets.
The Types of Tennis Market Bets
There are various types of bets sports bettors can place when they are interacting with a tennis tournament like the French Open.
Firstly, sports bettors can bet on the tournament as a whole. They can bet on the outright winner, but larger events like the French Open also allow them to bet on elements such as player progress or quarter winners.
Then, sports bettors can bet on individual matches. They can set bets according to total games, match odds, set betting, game handicap, number of bets, set handicap, most aces, and number of sets.
Betting at the Right Odds
Sports betting on tennis tournaments like the French Open is not necessarily all about the winner. Bettors will need to consider which player will win, of course, but bettors will also need to make sure that they are betting at the right odds. Since tennis is such a gruelling one-on-one sport, it often takes a little more thought and consideration before placing bets.