By: Lew Ford.
French Open Preview 2022 The Men’s top half is loaded with all three favorites in that section, Djokovic is the favorite. The only play to look at would be Nadal at +350, he’s never been anything close to that number at Roland Garros and in two weeks, we all might be kicking ourselves for not taking it. The bottom half of the draw is wide open, with Tsitsipas having the lowest odds to win. Stefanos is a great clay court player, but I still don’t think he has fully recovered from his meltdown last year up two sets in the final v. Djokovic. He has a brutal first round match v Lorenzo Musetti who also took two sets from the Joker last year at the FO. There are betting opportunities in the other side of the draw and Casper Rudd around +2500 and Jannik Sinner around +3000 is who we are backing. We recommend that you use the two-way bet feature that Bet Rivers or other providers offer. clicking the box to get paid with a first or second. If you don’t have access to that feature, look betting them to reach the final around +700 or win the quarter around +300. Rudd is a young player that still flies under the radar even though he’s #8 in the world. Having won 7 titles since 2020, 6 of them on outdoor clay and he’s currently up on set for 7th clay title. He’s built for the grind it out style you need on clay with the fitness and all-around game to win the French Open at some point in his career. Sinner is underrated only, because all 5 of his title were won on hard court. but he took Nadal to 5 sets at the French Open in 2019 as a 18yr old. Although he hasn’t won a title this season, he is in the quarters or better every week. An outlier player you could look at in the Sinner quarter would be Miomir Kecmanovic, who has been very good in 2022 at +650. Best Bet Rudd +2700 Two-Way or +700 to reach final. Win Quarter +300 Sinner +3000 or to reach final +900. Win Quarter +300 The woman’s side does not offer much value in the outright market, Iga Swiatek is the clear favorite for reason. If you’re looking for a player to potentially pull the upset, Paula Badosa has the power and clay court game to beat her. Betting her at +400 to win the quarter is probably the smarter play. Also play her head-to-head v Swaitek as a dog in the semi-final. The bottom half of the draw features the defending champ Krejcikova and a bunch of players that have won Majors and are not in good form: Andreescu, Osaka, Muguruza, Raducanu, Kvitova, Stephens and Kerber. It also features a group of young players that have made semi-finals of Majors, that are in good form: Anisimova, Sakkara, Fernandez and Bencic. Out of these players I have a two-way future on Anisimova, so I am playing Maria Sakkara to win the Quarter at +650. Maria reached the semi last year in Paris and has the all-around game to win on this surface, her biggest challenge is her mental toughness, she has the tendency to melt down at the biggest moment. Two other plays that you might want to consider are Coco Gauff +600 or Jil Teichmann +1200 to win the Quarter 4. Best Bet Paula Badosa +380 to win quarter. H2H Pablo Cuevas +200 v Jenson Brooksby- Brooksby is an impressive young American and has a bright future, but he is seeded for the first time at the FO, has a career 2-4 record on clay. Give me the veteran clay courter with 169-118 record on clay. Lorenzo Musetti +6.5 games +165 v Stefanos Tsitsipas- I am also playing the over total games over 32.5 +110 or over 3.5 sets at +106. This is tough first round match up and should be a great battle. I don’t see how this is a straight set win for Tsitsipas, Musetti is a talented young player and clay is his best surface. Get ready to sit back and watch the two of the best one-handed back hands on tour.