nadalwilliams 300x182 photo2013 French Open Preview

There are a variety of betting options that will crop up for your tennis betting at the 2013 French Open. Naturally there will be a big leaning towards the outright winner markets. But with such strong front runners going in both the men’s and the women’s draws for the action at Roland Garros in Paris, it may be the market which offers the least amount of value in the long run over the two weeks. The fields in both draws may be big, but many will not be looking beyond the favouritism of Rafael Nadal to win his eighth French Open title, or the in-form Serena Williams to claim victory.

Even looking beyond those two odds on favourites (with Nadal at 4/6 and Williams at Evens in their respective Outright Winner markets) there doesn’t appear to be too much value. In the men’s draw there is Novak Djokovic,who has been subject to uncharacteristic slips of concentration of late at around 2/1 which is some distance from the favouritism of Nadal, and in the women’s draw the picture is a bit worse. There, Maria Sharapova is Williams’ nearest challenger in the market at 5/1, one of only two other players inside double figures. That all points to the bookmakers not being too scared of any upsets.

So where is some value? The alternative markets for the 2013 French Open tennis betting will be the areas to look in. One of the hardest markets to ignore for your tennis betting on this one, is the Match Winning Double market at online bookmaker Betfair. This is where you double up on picking the winner of both the Men’s and Women’s Draws. This is where a little more value on offer, because if you double up on the outright favourites of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams then you can get some great value at a 3.65 with the betting exchange. This is going to be more valuable than backing the players separately in their respective draws.

For other options in the market, you can pair up Rafael Nadal with Maria Sharapova as respective winners at odds of 10.5 and odds drift further still for Nadal and Victoria Azarenka at 14.5 for wins with Betfair. With Serena Williams looking unstoppable in her clay form at the moment, she is red hot favourite to deliver, so too Nadal. But pairing one of only two men to beat Rafael Nadal this season, world number one Novak Djokovic along with Serena Williams to take their respective titles is offered at 7.4 with the betting exchange. So this is a great alternative place to look for value in your 2013 French Open Tennis betting.

Draw Section Markets
There is some decent value around in breaking the entire draw down into sections as well. By this, you can look at both the men’s and women’s draw as smaller tournaments. Not only can you look at Tournament Winning Half markets, but Tournament Winning Quarters as well. If you target the quarters where the strongest players aren’t, particularly in the men’s draw, there will be great value to look at, once the draw has been released.

Watch and Bet Live
Live in play tennis betting is an asset which really shouldn’t be ignored for the betting action at Roland Garros this year. It is such a valuable tool with new markets being opened once the first serve of the match has been dished up. Here is where some great extra value can be picked up, looking at Next Game, Next Set and Correct Score markets for example. Being able to watch the action live can give you a good feel of which way a match may be swinging, and full advantage can be taken of that.

2013 French Open Promotions
If you are looking for a way to accentuate your betting options, then always take advantage of event specific promotions, just to either add some extra win bonus, or more commonly, insurance for your bets.Online betting site WilliamHill have a tremendous French Open offer running. Back a tournament winning selection in the Men’s draw and if your selection wins without dropping a set in the whole tournament then you can get treble your original odds. The same deal is applicable to the women’s draw, where you can double your winning odds if your triumphant selection makes it all the way without dropping a single set.

  • There have been five first time winners in the last five Women’s French Open Draws

  • Nadal has struck seven times in the last eight editions

Tipster’s Best Tip
Win Double Market Nadal/Williams 3.65 @ WilliamHill
Women’s Draw First Time Winner 1.72 @ WilliamHill