2022 Men’s French Open Preview

The French Open is almost upon us – and again, the best players in the world will head over to the Stade Roland Garros to take part in the second Grand Slam of the year. Tennis fans and tennis bettors will start checking out the odds –  Will Djokovic be able to retain the title? Will Nadal defy age and odds to claim the title, or will it be Carlos Alcaraz – another of the bookie favourites? Let’s take a look at what we can expect…

2022 Men’s French Open Preview

When is the French Open 2022?

The French Open tournament starts on Sunday 22nd May and runs through the 5th June, with the Men’s singles final as the grand finale.

Where is the French Open 2022 Being Held?

The French Open Tournament this year is being held in the same location as normal, the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris.

Who Won the French Open Tournament Men’s Singles Title in 2021?

The reigning champion is Novak Djokovic, who won the second French Open of his career after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in a nail-biting five-setter in the final.

Who Won the French Open Tournament Women’s Singles Title in 2021

Last year’s women’s singles title was won by Barbora Krejcikova, who won her very first grand slam title by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

The French Open Men’s Singles Betting Preview 2022

Obviously, each year, we can simply only go with what we know at the time. There are always shock results and unforeseeable issues arising, which is the beauty of tennis and tennis betting. However, at the time of writing, here are the favourites – the best in the world that will be attracting the most betting attention.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, 34, is the number one in the world and the reigning French Open Champion, although he has been courting controversy recently. He is excellent on clay – and has won 82% of the clay-court matches in his career. He has won the tournament twice – last year and back in 2016. However, this year he hasn’t been in his best form. In Monte Carlo, he only made it to the second round. He never played in Barcelona and made it to the Semi-Finals in Madrid. This is giving his competitors some hope that he is not a dead cert.

Daniil Medvedev

Medvedev, 26, is the second in the world. In his career, he has gained a record of 63% wins on clay-courts. He doesn’t have the best record in the tournament and his best result came last year when he reached the quarters. This year, he hasn’t taken part in any of the main competitions in the run-up, so he is an unknown quantity in terms of current form. 

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, 35, is the current Australian Open winner, breaking all sorts of records in January this year to earn his place as one of the greatest men’s players of all time. His clay-court record is insane – winning 90% of clay-court matches in his career. He is also the one to beat at the French Open, He has dominated since 2005, winning in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Last year he was knocked out in the semi-finals. In the run-up, after his Australian win, he missed a few competitions but made it as far as quarters in Madrid. 

Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz is officially 6th – but this youngster is in the form of his life and people will certainly be watching him in anticipation. In his short career, he has won 77% of his clay-court matches and in the 2021 French Open Tournament, he made it to the 3rd round. This may not sound too impressive. However, what really makes him stand out is the fact that in the run-up, he won competitions in Barcelona and Madrid – despite some of the best players in the world also competing. This makes him a very enticing bet!

Who Will Win?

The short answer to that is – we can’t be certain, but it will be certain that people will be expecting to see Djokovic doing well, Nadal will also probably put in a world class performance. People will also be looking the way of Stefanos Tsitsipas, who took Djokovic to a five-set final last year. The last ten years have made for some interesting reading:

  • 2021: Djokovic beat Tsitsipas 3-2
  • 2020: Nadal beat Djokovic 3-0
  • 2019: Nadal beat Thiem 3-1
  • 2018: Nadal beat Thiem 3-0
  • 2017: Nadal beat Wawrinka 3-0
  • 2016: Djokovic beat Murray 3-1
  • 2015: Wawrinka beat Djokovic 3-1
  • 2014: Nadal beat Djokovic 3-1
  • 2013: Nadal beat Ferrer 3-0
  • 2012: Nadal beat Djokovic 3-1

Nadal has been the dominating force, having won the title 13 times since 2005. It’s also worth noting, before you place your bet, that no player outside of the top 9 in the world has made it to the French Open finals in the last 10 years – and eight of those finals didn’t even include anyone outside the top 5. So, looking outside of those is a pretty risky strategy. The smart tennis bets will be looking at Djokovic or Nadal – but Alcaraz might be a cheeky one…