We’re less than a week from the 2016 French Open, which means it’s time to take a look at some of those future odds. Of course, we’ll have a lot of the key matchups predicted while the tournament is going on, but it’s always nice to try and get some extra cash by predicting the winner before the tournament starts. With future bets, I like to like at longer shots to give my dollar more value.
I wouldn’t play Novak Djokovic given his ankle injury.
Anyway, here are some guys to consider putting on your card for the 2016 French Open.
Rafael Nadal - I’m going to start with the second favorite in Rafael Nadal, who is out of his slump and playing terrific tennis right now. After a tough 2015, Nadal has won 15 of his last 17 matches overall and 20 of his last 24 singles matches on clay. It’s quite clear Nadal is back to peak form, and he could have easily beaten Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters after getting breaks in both sets. You can get Nadal with odds of +415, and given his current form and the fact he’s won the French Open nine times, there’s certainly value here. Nadal gives you a great shot to make more than four times your money.
Stan Wawrinka - Stan Wawrinka has been really struggling as of late, but he’s been far more consistent in majors the last couple of years and is the defending champ at the French Open. Wawrinka has won 11 of his last 14 matches on clay court and has won nine straight final appearances. Yes, it’s been a rough few weeks for Wawrinka, but he’s also made at least the quarterfinals in six of his last seven majors. Wawrinka is capable of turning things around quite quickly and is a rather confident player. I like the value of Wawrinka and odds of +1800.
Gael Monfils - Gael Monfils has been a changed man this season, as he’s far less antics and more serious on the court. Monfils has reached two finals already this season and has recent wins over Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Monfils has proven he’s a scary player when focused, as his shotmaking and athleticism gives his opponent fits. Also, Monfils will be the heavy crowd favorite being from France, and four of his seven major quarterfinals appearances have taken place in the French Open. While likely not a winner, Monfils should make a run this tournament and odds of +6600 provide room for hedging.
David Ferrer - David Ferrer has never been the most talented player in the world, but he gives it his all every match and usually just outworks his opponent. Ferrer loves the French Open, as he’s made at least the quarterfinals the last four years. Ferrer has also won 16 of his last 21 matches on clay, clearly his favorite surface. Ferrer’s workload and his lack of elite tennis skills will prevent him from ever winning a major, but there’s no doubt he’s a great bet to make another deep run in this tournament. Odds of +10000 give you room to hedge in the later rounds, guaranteeing a profit with this play.
Roger Federer - I have to keep playing Roger Federer because I think he has at least one more major left in him. That’s even more the case when you’re getting odds of +4000. Federer is well rested for this tournament after playing just five matches since the Australian Open. Federer has also made at least the quarterfinals of the French Open every year except one since 2005. Federer is too great of a player to have odds this large, and he’s still in solid form and capable of beating a lot of the other guys in what’s kind of a top heavy field. I’ll gladly take Federer with these odds.