Before the French Open begins, let’s take a quick look at some future bets on the men’s side that could be worth your time. It’s tough to make a case for anybody outside of Nadal, but there are some dark horses worth looking at and there are hedging opportunities with big odds.
So, here goes…
Rafael Nadal, +110 - Eleven of the last 14 French Open’s have been won by Rafael Nadal, including the last two. When Nadal won this title last year, he lost just one set the entire tournament. I usually shoot for higher odds when looking at future bets, but Nadal at plus money is a steal and it’s a line that won’t be there later in the tournament.
Dominic Thiem, +600 - Dominic Thiem is at his best on clay, and he’s made the semifinal of the French Open in 2016 and 2017, and he made the final last year. Thiem also beat Nadal on clay this year in Barcelona and has four career wins over the Spaniard on clay overall. It’s been hit or miss this season for Thiem, but he’s at an elite level when playing well and will enter this tournament well rested. If forced to pick somebody outside of Nadal to win this tournament, I’d side with Thiem.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, +1800 - Stefanos Tsitsipas broke through in grand slam play at the Australian Open with a semifinal trip, and he will enter this tournament winning 12 of his last 15 matches. Tsitsipas also beat Nadal in Madrid, a competitive three set match where he produced six breaks and got 70 percent of his first serves in play. It may be a little early to see Tsitsipas winning a grand slam, but he’s playing as well as anybody in the field and these odds do provide hedging room if he makes the quarterfinals.
Juan Martin Del Potro, +6600 - Juan Martin Del Potro is still working his way back from injury and has only a four matches under his belt since February. However, Del Potro was hitting the ball well in Rome and took Novak Djokovic to three competitive sets. Del Potro has also made at least the quarterfinals of the French Open in three of his last five appearances, which includes a semifinal spot last year. If Del Potro gets a favorable draw, he can work his way into playing shape by the time he faces the big boys. Then, you have hedging room with these massive odds.
Diego Schwartzman, +15000 - No, Diego Schwartzman isn’t winning a grand slam, but he did make the quarterfinals of the French Open last year. Schwartzman also made the final of the Argentina Open this year and made the semifinals in Rome where he dominated Kei Nishikori and took Djokovic to three sets. Schwartzman is certainly not a pushover and is somebody who could make the fourth round or quarterfinals with a favorable draw. These odds then allow you to hedge your bet and guarantee profit later in the tournament.