2022 French Open (Roland-Garros, May 22 – June 5) Betting Tips & Predictions
Here are our expert Roland Garros 2022 predictions and betting picks, with top wagering odds courtesy of the best French Open betting sites.
In this betting preview, we will look at the second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. We provide you with all the information you’ll need to make smart bets on Roland Garros 2022 odds and offer you 4 expert betting picks on the outright betting markets.
But first, some history of the premier clay court championship.
French Open History
Founded in 1891, the Championnat de France (or the French Championships) was originally a tournament available to players who were members of French clubs and was played across 4 venues until 1924). In 1925, the contest opened to all amateur international players and was held at the Stade Français in Saint-Cloud.
Although Championnat de France was the first big tennis tournament in France, many see the World Hard Court Championships as the only true precursor to the French Open we know today since it was the first to welcome international competition. It was held at Stade Français in 1912-1914, 1920, and 1921-1923.
The French Open, also known as the Roland Garros, got its name from the venue it’s held on. Initially, Stade Français adopted a new name, Stade de Roland Garros, after a World War I aviator, Roland Garros, as the venue that hosted the French International Championships in 1928 and ever since.
In the years that followed, the French Open went through many changes. Even though there were ideas of moving it to another venue, all attempts failed. Instead, the organisers decided to keep the country’s premier tennis event at the Stade Roland Garros.
French Open 2022 Odds – Bookies’ Favourites
The era of dominance is not quite behind us yet, as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still at the forefront of the French Open 2022 odds on the outright markets. On the other side of the field, Iga Swiatek is the clear favourite to win on the French clay, priced as low as 10/11, while the second favourite (Simona Halep) is priced as high as 10/1.
So if the France bookmakers are right, the women’s singles tournament will be a one-horse race, whereas the men’s competition should be tighter. But are they right, and have the bookies properly evaluated the players to show who the most likely winners are?
We’ll try to answer that and more, but first, let’s check who are the top-3 favourites on each side of the tournament.
Men’s Singles Favourites to Win
The men’s side of the tournament features 4 strong favourites to hoist the trophy, albeit according to the Roland Garros 2022 odds, 2 players are a cut above the rest.
Novak Djokovic – 15/8
The controversy surrounding his vaccination status has left Novak Djokovic to follow the start of the 2022 tennis season from the sideline. As a result, he could not attend the Australian Open to kick off his quest for the complete Grand Slam – which eluded him last year. And the lack of playtime certainly didn’t help the Serbian tennis star.
Djokovic finally kicked off the season in February when he attended the Dubai Tennis Championship, where he left a lot to be desired, crashing out of the quarter-finals at the hands of Juri Vesely. He lost his home tournament (Serbia Open) in the finals against Andrey Rublev. He continues his iffy showings in Monte-Carlo, where Djokovic couldn’t make it past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in R32.
But after a shaky start to the season, Djokovic slowly started gaining momentum. He made it to the semis of the Madrid Open and crushed it at the Italian Open, where he won his first tournament title of the year.
The defending French Open champion is playing catch-up to Rafael Nadal in what previously seemed like a one-horse race to become the “GOAT”. And there is little to suggest he can’t do it.
Perhaps not because Djokovic was phenomenal this season, but rather because his top competitors have either shown enough or are dealing with specific problems that might prevent them from going all the way in France.
Carlos Alcaraz – 2/1
The teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz came out of nowhere to become one of the most exciting tennis players in the world. And while no one expected it to happen, Alcaraz’s odds to win the French Open 2022 show him as the second favourite, behind only the 20-time Grand Slam winner, Djokovic, and ahead of Rafael Nadal.
But there is an excellent reason for that.
The 19-year-old has been phenomenal this season and has already picked up wins against the illustrious pair on his way to the Madrid Open crown, including a 2-1 win against Djokovic and 2-1 against Nadal.
Widely regarded as Nadal’s successor, Alcaraz is suddenly one of the men to watch on the French clay, where he will chase his first Grand Slam title.
Rafael Nadal – 7/2
Many doubted Rafael Nadal ahead of the 2022 Australian Open due to his recent injury and the lack of matches. Still, the Spanish tennis superstar silenced all the doubters by claiming the historic 21st Grand Slam title. Admittedly, his road to the top was easier with the absence of Djokovic, but that doesn’t take away from his exceptional performance in the Land Down Under.
Since then, Nadal has won the Mexican Open, made the finals of Indian Wells Masters, and quarter-finals of the Madrid Open, but could only reach R16 at the Italian Open. His progressively worse results might be attributed to Nadal’s chronic foot injury, which is our main concern when we talk about Nada’s chances to win his 22nd Grand Slam title.
But while the injury does bring his value down, Nadal is still the “King of Clay” and by far the most successful player of the French Open (13 titles). Moreover, Nadal is 19-8 in the head-to-head with Djokovic on the French clay, so the Serb’s presence is far from a death knell for Nadal’s chances of reaching the top.
Women’s Singles Favourites to Win
The online betting sites have made it clear which woman tennis player should win the French Open. Iga Swiatek is the clear favourite on the outright betting markets, priced at just 10/11, far ahead of Simona Halep (10/1) and Ons Jabeur (12/1).
Iga Swiatek – 10/11
With Ash Barty’s sudden retirement from professional tennis and doubts about Naomi Osaka’s fitness, the women’s field suddenly turned its attention towards Iga Swiatek as the world’s undisputed best women tennis player. Although that wouldn’t necessarily be the case had Barty not retired, it’s Iga Swiatek’s time to shine with the Australian out of the picture.
And not only that, but Swiatek also has a French Open title from 2020, so she should be set to launch another trophy this time out. Moreover, Swiatek has been in a phenomenal form of late.
She made the semi-finals in Australia and slipped in Dubai (R16), but she was unstoppable, claiming 4 straight titles from Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, and Italy. That translates to 28 straight match wins, clearly showing that there is currently no tennis player on the women’s side of the field that can stop her.
Simona Halep – 10/1
Simona Halep has been to 5 Grand Slam finals in her career (2-3), made the French Open finals 3 times and won once in 2018. Moreover, she has made 3 semi-finals and 7 quarter-finals, suggesting that the Romanian tennis star is comfortable in the tournament’s final stages.
I also explain why she is one of the favourites to win on the French clay and why her name can be found on many 2022 French Open betting tips lists. It’s also worth noting that Halep is 2-2 in the head-to-head with Swiatek, and assuming something goes wrong for Swiatek and she crashes out, the battle-hardened Halep will be there to steal the spotlight and win her second French Open title.
Ons Jabeur – 12/1
Ons Jabeur is the former Roland Garros junior champion, and even though her career has yet to reach any notable highs, she has been showing slow and steady progress. Currently ranked no.6 in the world, Jabeur has cemented her spot inside the top-10 at 27 years of age. And if her performances in 2022 are any indication, she should remain in that group until the end of the season.
Jabeur has won just one tournament title this year because most belonged to Swiatek, but she won the recent Madrid Open, which is impressive. Elsewhere, Jabeur made QF in Dubai and Qatar, reached R16 in Miami, finals in Charleston, placed inside the top-8 in Stuttgart, and made the finals at the Italian Open.
Past Winners of the Competition
Men (Last 5 Champions)
- 2021 – Novak Djokovic
- 2020 – Rafael Nadal
- 2019 – Rafael Nadal
- 2018 – Rafael Nadal
- 2017 – Rafael Nadal
Women (Last 5 Champions)
- 2021 – Barbora Krejčíková
- 2020 – Iga Świątek
- 2019 – Ashleigh Barty
- 2018 – Simona Halep
- 2017 – Jeļena Ostapenko
Dates and Location of the Event
The 2022 French Open is set to occur at the usual location, the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France. The tournament will run from May 22 – to June 5, with separate dates for men’s and women’s tournaments. Although both will run simultaneously, the women’s final is slated for June 4, while the men’s field will play its final match a day later, on June 5.
As one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments of the year, you can expect any live bookie to have betting markets. Moreover, most prominent bookmakers will also offer free bet bonuses and other promotions for the event, so make sure if there are any offers available to you before you place your bets.
Roland Garros 2022 Betting Tips
With our Roland Garros 2022 betting tips, we will pick three bets across both competitions, providing you with our expert selections that offer the most value at the offered French Open 2022 betting odds.
So without further ado, here are our top picks for the second Grand Slam tennis tournament!
Novak Djokovic to Win – 15/8
It might sound crazy backing Novak Djokovic to win the 2022 French Open following his poor start to the season, but it’s easy to forget how dominant he was last year. And who are we to say he won’t be just as good, if not better, this season?
Djokovic had a slow start to the year, but he looked like his old self in Rome, and if he can keep the wind in his sails, the Serb should be in a good spot to defend his title. Moreover, he is likely going to face Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Considering Nadal is dealing with an injury, you have to favour Djokovic to go.
Casper Ruud to Win – 18/1
We continue our Roland Garros predictions for 2022 with a longshot bet on Casper Ruud to win it all. Very few players can challenge the mighty trio of Djokovic, Alcaraz, and Nadal, and only a couple are priced up as having a realistic chance of doing so.
We must touch on some stats, which show an 80% win percentage on clay for Ruud across the last 12 months. But at 18/1, Ruud seems underestimated for what he can bring. Admittedly, most wins came against lower quality opponents, but he has never achieved success against top-rated players.
He put up a solid fight against Djokovic in Italy and was in the final of the Miami Open, where he lost against Garifa (5-7, 4-6).
Ons Jabeur to Win – 12/1
Iga Swiatek is the clear favourite to win the French Open, but she doesn’t offer much value at 10/11. So instead, we’re looking at Ons Jabeur as an excellent pick at the offered French Open 2022 betting odds.
The Tunisian broke inside the world’s top-10 in the autumn of 2021 and has been one of the most consistent players in the world. She won in Madrid and finished as runner-up in Italy, indicating that Jabeur is in solid form ahead of her favourite tournament, and that is all you can ask from an outsider.
It’s also worth noting that Jabeur is 13-2 on clay this year, and based on the recent showings, we have no reason to doubt her chances to make a deep run.
French Open 2022 Predictions – Bonus Pick
For our final pick, we’re trusting USA’s best hope, Jessica Pegula, to make a splash in France and claim her first French Open title. She has made QF in her last 2 appearances in the Australian Open and has made the finals in Madrid in the build-up to the Roland Garros.
Admittedly, her lack of success in France is concerning, but at 50/1, Pegula is worth a small wager. Alternatively, a bet on Jessica Pegula to reach the finals is worth considering.
Prediction: Jessica Pegula to win – 50/1
Our 2022 French Open Betting Tips
- Novak Djokovic to win – 15/8
- Casper Ruud to win – 18/1
- Ons Jabeur to win – 12/1
- Jessica Pegula to win – 50/1
With that, we come to the end of our French Open betting preview, providing you with 4 expert French Open 2022 predictions for the upcoming Grand Slam tennis tournament. But before you place your bets, make sure that you’re using the best tennis bookies that offer the latest tennis wagering odds.