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The 2022 French Open could mark the beginning of a new era in men’s tennis.
Carlos Alcaraz is 28-3 with four titles on the ATP Tour this season.
The 19-year-old’s most recent triumph at the Madrid Open included back-to-back victories over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev on a clay surface.
Alcaraz’s fantastic run of the season has made him a joint favorite at Roland-Garros alongside Djokovic to win the men’s singles tournament.
The Spaniard will be looking to become just the third player alongside Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer to win a men’s Grand Slam title since the start of the 2017 season.
The women’s singles draw is usually more open than the men’s, but that may not be the case in Paris if Iga Swiatek continues to play the way she did.
The 20-year-old reeled off two clay-court tournament wins in a row in Stuttgart, Germany and Rome. These victories have created a division between the 2020 French Open winner and the rest of the field on the odds board.
Information about the French Open
Events: May 22 – June 5
TV: Tennis Channel, NBC
Live broadcast: TennisChannel.com and Peacock
French Open Odds
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Novak Djokovic (+175; bet $100 to win $175)
Carlos Alcaráz (+175)
Rafael Nadal (+250)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (+550)
Alexander Zverev (+1400)
Daniil Medvedev (+2000)
Alcaraz is the player to watch in the men’s squad when he comes to Paris.
The Spanish teenager has taken over the tennis scene and there will be a lot of buzz surrounding his candidacy to win the French Open.
Alcaraz drew some attention for his tournament victories in Rio de Janeiro and Miami, but it was on the clay courts that the really striking performances came.
He won five games en route to the Barcelona title, with Stefanos Tsitsipas being the highest-ranked opponent to fall to the youngster. This was followed by victories over Djokovic, Nadal and Zverev in the Spanish capital Madrid.
Despite not having won a Grand Slam event, Alcaraz has a better chance of winning the French Open than Nadal, who is known as the king of the event.
The 13-time Roland-Garros winner captured the first Major of the season in Australia and has a pretty good price given his track record in Paris.
Djokovic is the reigning champion but this was only his second tournament win in France. In 2016 he also won the French Open.
One of Djokovic, Alcaraz and Nadal is likely to win the title, so picking any of the other players in the men’s field is hard to justify.
Iga Swiatek (+100)
Simona Halep (+1000)
Paula Badosa (+1400)
Ons Jabeur (+1400)
Maria Sakkari (+1600)
Arina Sabalenka (+2000)
The French Open is shaping up to be Swiatek’s tournament to lose.
Clay is the Polish player’s best surface since she burst onto the Grand Slam scene three years ago. She then improbably won the 2020 French Open and backed that up with a quarterfinal appearance last year.
After victories in Germany and Italy, Swiatek travels to Paris in excellent form. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the Stuttgart final and Ons Jabeur in Rome.
All of the clay-court successes point to the Warsaw native taking first place at Roland-Garros, but she has to compete as No. 1 in a Major for the first time.
Swiatek is not affected by the pressure from the world number one on the WTA tour, and that shouldn’t bother her on the Grand Slam stage either.
Meanwhile, 2018 French Open winner Simona Halep is the second favorite despite being seeded at No. 19.
Best value for money in women’s singles is Barbora Krejcikova, the reigning champion and No. 2 of the seed.
The 26-year-old Czech sits at +2200 to win the tournament. She doesn’t have to face Swiatek until the final and could be favored in any game ahead of this potential clash.
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