Nadal and Swiatek pre-tournament favourites


The French Open starts Monday 31 May so get the odds as Rafael Nadal tries to win a record 14th men’s singles title and Iga Swiatek starts as favourite in the women’s says Max Liu…

With one week to go before the start of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros the defending champions in both the men’s and women’s draws are set to start as favourites.

Rafael Nadal has won on the Paris clay a record 13 times and bettors make the Spaniard around even money to land a 14th title this year.

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World number one Novak Djokovic 5.24/1, who won this Grand Slam in 2016, is his nearest rival in the betting.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is, at 22-years-old, still searching for his first Slam title and is 8.88/1 to break his duck here. Last year, when the rescheduled tournament was played in autumn, he reached the semi-finals.

Swiatek backed to retain women’s singles title

Iga Swiatek was ranked 54 in the world when stunned her opponents by winning the women’s singles title in 2020.

This time the Polish player, who was the youngest champion since Monica Seles in 1992, is the 3.8514/5 favourite to win the women’s singles title.

Her nearest rival, in the Exchange outright winner market, is Ashleigh Barty 6.86/1 who won here in 2019.

Aryna Sabalenka 12.5, Garbine Muguruza 13.5 and Naomi Osaka 19.018/1 come next in the betting.

Osaka has won two Slams but never got beyond the third round at Roland Garros.

We’ll have French Open outright market previews and daily tips from our tennis betting expert Dan Weston who, in the meantime, has taken a look at this week’s warm-up in Belgrade.