The second Grand Slam of the year kicks off with the 117th running of the French Open played at the iconic Roland Garros.
The French Open is unique as it is the only major tournament played on a clay court surface which has suited Spaniard Rafael Nadal in recent years after winning every year from 2005 to 2014 barring 2009.
However, Nadal has been blighted by injury in recent years and 2014 remains the last time he picked up the famous trophy.
Despite that, due to his exemplary performances in the past and a strong start to the 2017 season with one grand slam final appearance under his belt (Australian Open where he lost to Roger Federer), Nadal is 4/5 to make it a magnificent ten wins on the clay of Roland Garros.
Aiming to prevent that from happening is defending champion Novak Djokovic, the Serb is closing down Andy Murray to reclaim his World number one spot the Scot stole from him at the back end of 2016.
A strong performance in France may be enough to do it and Djokovic has previous at the event.
Four times Djokovic has reached the final but only once has he won the tournament (last year). However, he has now proved he can win on clay and despite a few surprises this season, expect Djokovic to be in the hunt come the final Sunday at 11/4 with us.
Andy Murrays recent poor form has seen him slip to fourth favourite to win a first French Open title behind Austrian Dominic Thiem.
A shock loss to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in last week’s Italian Open final has been a theme in Murray’s year but victory at Roland Garros would change all of that.
A Murray win can currently be backed at 10/1 with us!
Looking further down the field it is hard to see the winner coming from anywhere else except possibly Stan Wawrinka who may be worth a look at 14/1 with us.
The 32-year-old claimed the title in 2015 and has shown form in 2017 reaching the Australian Open final and the Indian Wells Masters final.
On the ladies’ side of the draw, Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza heads into the tournament as defending champion after defeating American Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 at last years final.
For a defending champion Muguruza, represents a solid opportunity to repeat that success at 15/2 with us.
With no Serena in the draw due to the impeding birth of her child, German and current world number one Angelique Kerber is the favourite despite never having gotten further than the Quarter final stage at Roland Garros.
This makes backing her at 9/2 slightly more risky than it should be.
Perhaps taking a look at 2015 beaten finalist Lucie Šafářová offers slightly better value at 40/1 with us.
That year, the Czech took Serena William’s to three sets and proved that the clay courts are a firm favourite of hers.
Whatever happens in Roland Garros we are guaranteed entertainment galore as the tennis world gears up for the summer run-in with Wimbledon just around the corner.