With the 2015 French Open underway next week, it’s time to take a look at some of the longshots to win on the men’s side. Of course, almost anybody besides Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is considered a longshot. Still, there are some valuable lines out there if one of the giants is able to fall.
Here are some tennis players you should consider putting on your card.
David Ferrer - The French Open is probably the most physically demanding event in tennis, and you want somebody who isn’t going to quit when the going gets tough. David Ferrer is a guy who always gives it his all and has enough energy and will to last long matches. Ferrer made the finals of the French Open in 2013 and has gone no less than the quarterfinals in three straight years. Ferrer has been on fire this season, which includes an impressive record of 12-3 on clay. Although Ferrer has never won a major, odds of +3300 provide plenty of hedging room in the later rounds if need be.
Andy Murray - Andy Murray is a perfect 9-0 on clay this season and has reached the semifinal of the French Open in two of his last three appearances. I usually shy away from Murray simply because I don’t think he has the heart to last grueling matches anymore, as he tends to give up at times. Of course, there are also the constant questions regarding his health. However, Murray is still one of the top players in the world and his odds are dropping for whatever reason. You can currently get Murray with odds of +700. Given the way Murray has played this year and his ability to still hang with some of the best in the world, I’ll take my chances with him at these odds.
Stanislas Wawrinka - Stanislas Wawrinka hasn’t been himself this season, which is why you can get him with odds of +3300 to win this tournament. Wawrinka has never been good on clay, as he’s 2-2 this year and has just one appearance outside of the fourth round in the French Open. Still, I think we can all agree Wawrinka can play with anybody when he’s on, and he has improved drastically the last year or so in majors. Clay or not, Wawrinka can hold his own against anybody and with these odds, he’s certainly worth a look. Worst case, he makes it out of the first few rounds and you begin hedging to guarantee a profit.
Gael Monfils - I always like to get a home favorite in majors, as they usually thrive in front of their fans and play hard for their country. Gael Monfils has made at least the quarterfinals to a major six times in his career, and four of them have taken place at the French Open. This is one of the few events you get a more serious Monfils and less joking around. Monfils is 7-3 on clay this season and had an impressive showing in this event last year, which included taking Murray to five long sets. You can get Monfils with odds of +3300, and I love those odds considering he’ll always have the crowd cheering him on no matter who he plays. If Monfils will ever win a major, it’s going to be here.
Rafael Nadal - This article is all about long shots, but you can get Rafael Nadal with odds of +240. Yes, the guy who has won the last five French Opens and nine of the last 10. I like free money. Do you? I hope you throw a good amount on these odds while you still can. Trust me, you’re not going to find better value.