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Find out how punters make money on the French Open tennis

The French Open is the only tennis Grand Slam event that is contested on a clay surface, with the Roland Garros tournament ending the spring clay court season as we see the best players in the world embark on Paris.

The clay surface differ a great deal from grass courts at Wimbledon or hard courts and explain why specialists such as Rafael Nadal have been incredibly successful in the French Open, while his fellow Spaniards have often fared better in this Grand Slam event than the other three.

The same applies to the women’s singles, with Serena Williams winning just her second French Open title in 2013 despite winning 16 Grand Slam titles in total. Indeed, there have been seven different winners of the ladies singles between 2007 and 2013 following on from Justine Henin’s period of dominance.

How can I bet on the French Open?

The bookmakers go into overdrive when there is a Grand Slam tennis tournament taking place, with these events attracting a wider audience and this subsequently means that more people like to place bets on the action.

Antepost Betting 

 Before the tournament starts, there are lots of outright markets to enjoy, with betting available on who will win the men and women’s tournament. Several bookies have ready-made doubles available so you could take a price about Nadal and Azarenka winning their respective tournaments and customers can enjoy bigger odds that way.

Other antepost markets include “Betting w/o Nadal” due to the Spaniard’s incredible dominance at Roland Garros, while you can bet on the Finalists and the winner of each quarter of the draw.

Match Betting

Any bookie worth their salt will have prices available for every match of the men’s singles and ladies singles tournament, so you can cast your eye over massive first and second round coupons in an attempt to pick out some value. Bear in mind that the traders at each firm can’t possibly be an expert on every player so there could be some stand-out odds available.

You might really fancy a player to win their match at odds of 4/6 although the price means that you are having to bet £6 for every £4 profit you want to make. Therefore, many punters go for the accumulator option where they can select several players to win their respective matches and enjoy a potentially bigger return.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during the Men’s Singles final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France.  

In-Play Betting

Live betting on the French Open is available throughout the tournament. You might not find live odds for every single ladies and men’s singles match, although you can guarantee that the show courts will be fully covered so the games involving the best players are available on an In-Play basis.

If you’re watching a match from Roland Garros and a player loses the first set but you feel they will ultimately win the match, you can get a bigger price In-Play than you would have enjoyed before the action starts.

Exchange betting

Sports betting exchanges offer you the chance to bet against other customers and often snaffle up better prices than you would find with a fixed-odds bookmaker. You also have the opportunity to lay a particular player if you feel that their price is too short and this might apply to match odds or the outright prices.