The clay season is underway and it won’t be long before we’re diving into the 2018 French Open. Now is the time you should be locking in future bets, as current odds won’t be there once the tournament begins. We’ll obviously have a lot of the matches covered individually, but let's take a look at some future bets on the men's side before the tournament takes place. Of course, I try to go with some longer odds in hopes of cashing out big considering my money is tied up for a few weeks. At the very least, I can hedge in the later rounds and guarantee a profit on certain players. So, let’s not waste any more time.
Here are five ATP players to consider betting on in the 2018 French Open.
Disclaimer: Nadal is obviously the favorite in this tournament and should win it given his history. However, you can make more money betting him individually than laying -200 odds. So, he won’t be included in the five picks.
Juan Martin Del Potro - Juan Martin Del Potro has yet to play a clay match this season, but he was 7-3 on this surface last season. Del Potro is also off to his best start in years, as he’s 21-4 and won two finals in the month of March. Del Potro is moving well, is no longer having issues with his wrist and has already beaten four top-10 players in the world this year. Del Potro has played just one French Open since 2013, but he’s capable of making a strong run in his current form. Del Potro and odds of +1800 is a nice play and provides hedging room later in the tournament.
Kei Nishikori - I’m not sure Kei Nishikori is 100 percent recovered from his injuries, but he is 5-2 on clay and playing his best tennis of the season. Nishikori can thrive on this surface due to his defense and ability to spray winners on the other side of the court. Nishikori has also made the quarterfinals in two of his last three French Open appearances. Assuming he’s healthy and doesn’t have any issues moving forward, there’s value with Nishikori and +3300 odds.
Dominic Thiem - Dominic Thiem is currently 10-3 on clay court and won the Argentina Open a couple of months ago. Thiem has never been a guy who makes deep runs in grand slams, but he has made the semifinals in each of the last two years at the French Open. Thiem also has two career wins over Nadal on clay, which is something most can’t say when it comes to the favorite. That’s enough to make Thiem worth a look in this tournament and be considered for a play with +700 odds.
Marin Cilic - Marin Cilic is currently 14-6 on clay court dating back to last season, and he’s become one of the more consistent players in grand slams the last couple of years. Cilic has made at least the quarterfinals in four of his last seven grand slam appearances and is coming off a quarters appearance in last years French Open. Cilic has had an up and down season this year and hasn’t made many consistent deep runs in tournaments, but when that serve is working, he’s a threat to anyone on tour. The Australian Open finalist is a nice value play with +3300 odds, which of course provides hedging room later.
Novak Djokovic - Results don’t matter for Novak Djokovic, as he tries to get himself back into form and return to the player of old. He hasn’t been able to do that yet, but are you really going to bet against him in a big tournament? Djokovic is always a threat to win regardless of the circumstances, and he’s made at least the quarterfinals in each of his last eight French Open appearances, which includes winning the title in 2016. You know what you’re getting with Djokovic, and that’s a player who almost never goes home early. Odds of +900 and Djokovic is hard to pass up.