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French Open Men’s Predictions & Best Bets

Last Updated: May 24, 2024

The 2024 French Open draw is set, and first-round play for the year’s second tennis Grand Slam begins on Sunday, May 26.

Novak Djokovic will be eager to defend his title at Roland Garros, but recent injuries and on-court struggles have affected the Serbian and a host of the tournament’s top contenders, including Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner and world No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz.

That means this year’s French Open — a tournament annually dominated by Rafael Nadal — could be wide open for the first time in years.

Let’s break down the best ways to bet on the 2024 French Open men’s singles draw.

French Open Men’s Winner Prediction

Casper Ruud (+1400) • DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

Calling Ruud a clay-court specialist would discredit his abilities on other surfaces, but his best results have been on the red clay.

Ruud has reached back-to-back French Open finals, losing to Djokovic and Nadal in straight sets, but the Norwegian should be better off for those experiences.

The 25-year-old enters this year’s tournament in solid form, claiming his first ATP 500 title at the Barcelona Open in April. He also reached the final in Monte Carlo and is in the semifinals in Geneva.

Ruud may not be the most popular tennis pick for the French Open, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he overcomes these longer odds.

French Open Men’s Contenders

Tennis odds are current as of Thursday, May 23, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

See how the top of the odds board stacks up:

  • Carlos Alcaraz (+260)
  • Novak Djokovic (+300)
  • Jannik Sinner (+500)
  • Alexander Zverev (+700)
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (+900)
  • Casper Ruud (+1400)
  • Rafael Nadal (+2800)
  • Daniil Medvedev (+2800)
  • Andrey Rublev (+2800)
  • Holger Rune (+4000)

French Open Men’s Best Bet

Stefanos Tsitsipas (+900) • DraftKings Sportsbook

WAGER: 1 Unit

Tsitsipas is another player who feels like he’s on the verge of a first Grand Slam title.

The 25-year-old was a finalist at the 2021 French Open, where he took the first two sets off Djokovic, only for the Serb to rally and take the title in five. He also fell to Djokovic in the 2023 Australian Open final.

However, with some of the game’s top players either struggling for fitness or form, Tsitsipas could take advantage.

The world No. 9 beat Ruud to the title in Monte Carlo, but the Norwegian returned the favor in Barcelona.

With these two players on opposite sides of the draw, we could see them meet for a third time this season on Court Phillippe-Chatrier with the French Open title on the line.

French Open Men’s Sleeper Bet

Rafael Nadal (+2800) • Caesars Sportsbook

WAGER: 0.3 Units

After missing the 2023 French Open with a hip injury, the 14-time champion is set to return to Roland Garros in what could be his final appearance at the Grand Slam venue.

The “King of Clay" holds a remarkable 112-3 record at the French Open but has struggled in the lead-up to the 2024 tournament and was handed a brutal first-round draw against Italian Open champion Alexander Zverev.

Can Nadal deliver one more legendary run at Roland Garros?

His lead-in form and injury record make it unlikely, but these odds are too tempting to pass up.

Author

John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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