French Open Betting Tips
The 2012 French Open promises to be a spectacular tournament. With Roger Federer showing some impressive form this year, Rafael Nadal performing well on the clay circuit, and Novak Djokovic lying in wait to pounce, there promises to be plenty of suspense from the red courts of Paris.
Let’s take a look at some of the best 2012 French Open betting options below:
2012 Men’s Draw
With wins in Rome, Barcelona and Monte Carlo beneath his belt, Rafael Nadal is doing a good job at cleaning up on clay. However, an early loss to Fernando Verdasco at the Madrid Masters suggests that he’s by no means invulnerable.
Roger Federer is showing some promising form, winning the Madrid Masters, and thereby adding a major clay court title to his Indian Wells Masters title, and his wins in Dubai and Rotterdam. What’s more, he offers brilliant value in the 2012 French Open betting markets, where you can get odds of up to 8/1 on the legend, which means you can get a good payout on each-way bets if he makes the final.
Novak Djokovic has been placed second in the French Open betting markets. While you can’t discount the Serb as a threat, the fact is that Djokovic has won just two titles this season, and that his odds are the result of two second place finishes in Masters Series events on clay. At odds of around 2/1 he’s priced beneath range of an each-way bet, and tempts for a lay bet.
2012 Women’s Draw
The 2012 French Open women’s draw is looking very competitive, with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova all showing strong from this season.
Serena Williams has been particularly impressive on clay, winning titles in Charleston and then Madrid on clay courts. The American appears to be close to her formidable best, and secure top spot in the betting, where she’s trading just short of an each-way bet.
Victoria Azarenka, meanwhile, has carried her hard court form onto clay. After winning 4 titles earlier this season, including the Australian Open, Azarenka finished as the runner up in both Stuttgart and Madrid. Her price is around 4/1 in most betting markets, which is high enough for an each-way bet, but there’s little to suggest she has the winning of a major clay-court tournament.
Maria Sharapova is the best bet of the lot. The Russian is finding form as the season progresses, reaching three finals (including the Australian Open), before breaking through on clay in Stuttgart (where she beat Azarenka), and taking another title on clay in Rome, where she beat last year’s French Open champion, Na Li, in the final.
At odds as high as 7/1 at Paddy Power, Maria Sharapova offers superb each-way betting value, as she looks a solid bet to at least reach the final.