|Date & Time||Wednesday April 26, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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We’re less than a month away from the 2017 French Open, so it’s time to take a look at some of the future odds on the men's side. Of course, with future bets, I look for the best value and don’t mind playing bigger odds to give myself a chance to hedge for a guaranteed profit. Of course, we’ll have a lot of the individual matches for the French Open covered here at Sports Chat Place as well.
But enough talking.
Here are five ATP players I will have on my card for the 2017 French Open.
Gael Monfils - Let’s start with some big odds, shall we? Gael Monfils hasn’t yet been able to build on what was his best season, but he's still playing focused tennis and is a lot easier to trust than he was in the past. Monfils also made a decent fourth round appearance in the Australian Open. The bottom line is Monfils is going to be the heavy crowd favorite every time he takes the court, and that's helped him in the past reach three quarterfinals and one semifinal in this event. Monfils is no real threat to win the French Open, but odds of +6600 provide a lot of hedging room if he makes it to the fourth round or quarters.
Rafael Nadal - Rafael Nadal owns this tournament and is the favorite for good reason. Nadal has won the French Open nine times and it's the only grand slam where he's never lost a final. Nadal hasn't won this tournament since 2014, but his form suggests he's ready to make another run considering he's made four finals this season and is fresh off the Monte-Carlo Masters title. Nadal only gives us +175 odds, but those are odds you’re not going to see as he gets deeper into the tournament.
Stan Wawrinka - Stan Wawrinka won the French Open in 2015 and reached the semifinals last season. In three of the last four French Opens, Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals. In nine of the last 11 grand slams overall, Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals. You get the picture. As long as Wawrinka avoids an early round upset and finds his form at the right time, few can beat him when he’s playing his A-game tennis and hitting his spots. Wawrinka has also never lost a grand slam final. You can find Wawrinka with odds of +925 to win the French Open, which not only provides a nice payout, but it also provides wiggle room if he gets to the quarters or semis.
Dominic Thiem - You can slowly start to see Dominic Thiem find himself on the tennis court, as the play is more consistent and it's leading to better performances on bigger stages. Thiem made the semifinals of last year's French Open and clay appears to be his best surface considering six of his 11 titles have come on clay. It’s just a matter of Thiem controlling his nerves and limiting his unforced errors, as he can disappear for stretches of a match and have you questioning the 23-year-old. But when he’s on, Thiem has shown he can play with anybody in the world. It may be too early for Thiem to win his first grand slam, but odds of +2500 makes him a nice dark horse and provides hedging room if he makes another deep run in this tournament.
Tomas Berdych - You can get Tomas Berdych with odds of +12500 to win the French Open. Jackpot. Sure, Berdych has only made one grand slam final in his career and is not really a threat to return as he approaches 32 years old. However, Berdych has reached the quarterfinals in two of the last three French Opens and seven of his last 12 grand slam appearances overall have resulted in at least he quarters. Berdych competes hard, still has a monster serve and his experience wills him to victories. Given his track record, Berdych will be two or three wins away from a grand slam title. At that point, having these monster odds in your pocket opens the door for guaranteed profit once you start hedging.