When Is The French Open Tennis 2021?
The 2021 French Open tennis tournament starts on Sunday 30 May, with the Men’s Singles Final scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 June.
Where Is The French Open Tennis Played?
The French Open is played at Roland Garros, with the 2021 tournament being directed by former French player Guy Forget.
Will There Be Crowds At The French Open Tennis 2021?
Yes, limited crowds will be allowed to watch the French Open.
Who Is The Top Seed At The French Open 2021?
Despite Rafa Nadal’s superior record in the tournament, Novak Djokovic is the number one seed for the 2021 French Open, as he’s the world number one.
When Is The French Open Draw?
The French Open draw took place on Thursday 27 May and it has produced some potentially huge clashes in the latter stages of the tournament.
French Open First Quarter Draw
Novak Djokovic heads the first quarter, and the Roland Garros crowds will be hoping that eighth-seed Roger Federer can roll back the years and make it to the quarterfinals where he’s drawn to meet the world number one.
The Swiss maestro has missed four of the last five French Opens but made it to the semi-finals in 2019 and the quarterfinals in 2015. Federer won his one French Open title and completed his career Grand Slam in 2009, but it’s difficult to see Federer progressing beyond this point on his least favourite surface at the age of 39.
Djokovic has made it to the French Open quarterfinals every year since 2010, winning the title in 2016 and being a beaten finalist four times. He’s also exited at the semifinal stage five times since 2007.
Djokovic is a best-priced 2/5 to claim the first quarter, and there will be plenty of takers.
French Open Second Quarter Draw
Rafa Nadal heads the second quarter after slipping to number three in the world rankings, and this deprives the Roland Garros crowd of the chance to witness another Nadal vs Djokovic French Open final. Instead, the duo is now scheduled to meet in the semifinals.
Number seven seed Andrey Rublev is scheduled to be Nadal’s quarterfinal opponent, but Diego Schwartzman may emerge as the biggest threat. Young Italian Jannik Sinner could potentially be an interesting early rival for the number three seed, having improved since Nadal beat him in the quarterfinals here in 2020.
Nadal is just 2/7 to win the second quarter and, with no big rivals to deal with at this stage, the big hitters will be piling the cash on.
French Open Third Quarter
The third quarter is the most interesting, with world number four Dominic Thiem potentially facing Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals if both players make it to the last eight.
Thiem has an excellent record at the French Open, making it to the semifinals in 2016 and 2017 before being beaten in the final in 2018 and 2019. He lost in a five-set thriller in the quarterfinals last year but will see this year’s draw as a great opportunity to make it to another final.
By contrast, it’s taken Zverev quite a while to get to grips with grand slam tournaments. He’s so far made it to two quarterfinals at the French Open losing to Thiem and Djokovic. Thiem also beat him in the 2020 US Open Final. He often seems to run out of stamina in the five-set format and Thiem is much preferred of the two to book a semifinal spot.
If there’s to be a shock result in the third quarter, it may come in the form of Casper Ruud. The young Norwegian has impressed throughout the clay-court season and looks capable of toppling one of the bigger seeds if the occasion doesn’t get to him.
Thiem is 2/1 to win the third quarter, and there’s enough juice in that price to have a little saver on Ruud at around 10/1.
French Open Fourth Quarter
Daniil Medvedev is the number two seed, but his French Open record suggests he’s worth taking on as he’s yet to get past the first round in four attempts. Sadly, the bookies haven’t missed out on that fact, and even the 7/1 for Russian to win his quarter isn’t tempting.
The door looks open for Stefanos Tsitsipas to match his semifinal appearance here in 2020. The bookies are offering even-money and that looks a steal with Medvedev being so weak on clay.
Best Odds For The French Open Tennis 2021
Rafa Nadal is the odds-on favourite to win the 2021 French Open with the bookies. He’s 5/6 with most firms and around 10/11 on the betting exchanges.
Novak Djokovic is the second favourite in most lists at around 4/1, with a few bookies willing to offer 9/2. A few bookies even have Stefanos Tsitspipas as joint second-favourite, but he’s available at 5/1 in a few places.
Dominic Thiem just shades Alexander Zverev for fourth and fifth favouritism, with 12/1 the best odds you’ll get about either of them with the big bookmakers.
There’s then a big jump to 50/1 for rising star Casper Ruud, with Jannik Sinner a standout 66/1 in one place, though much shorter in places. It’s hard to see the winner coming from anywhere beyond that septet.
Who’ll Win The French Open Men’s Singles?
Men’s tennis players used to be finished by the age of 30 but, while Roger Federer may not be quite the force of old at 39, Djokovic and Nadal have shown that being 34 is no barrier to success.
The draw hasn’t been kind to fans, and Nadal is taken to defeat Djokovic at the quarterfinal stage. Thiem and Tsitsipas are fancied to fight out the other semifinal unless Casper Ruud takes another step forward.
But it’s hard to bet against the King of Clay, and Nadal is taken to win his 14th French Open Title and win a historic record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.
French Open Men’s Singles Tip