Rafael Nadal is the 4/5 favourite to claim the 2017 French Open title but with big prices and an each way option available it could pay off to instead back a few outsiders.
After reaching the Australian Open final earlier this year the script does seem to be set for a Nadal win on his favoured surface, but there is always a danger he could sustain an injury – particularly given his problems in recent years. The Spanish star has also suffered a few losses on clay of late, so he isn’t quite as invincible as he once was.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion overcame Dominic Thiem in the finals of the Barcelona and Madrid Opens but was then bested by the Austrian in Italy. Thiem is worth a shout at 17/2 himself, putting him at third favourite and ahead of 10/1 chance Andy Murray, but as an each way pick Juan Martin del Potro at 40/1 looks a good option.
The Argentine star has kept his schedule fairly light in the build up to the French Open, which will be his first Grand Slam of the year after missing Australia, and could go deep if handed a favourable draw. Japan’s Kei Nishikori is also 40/1, and again could be worth an each way nibble after some decent results in his clay court campaign this season.
Simona Halep is the favourite in the women’s tournament at 33/10, with Serena Williams of course missing, and the Romanian will be desperate to get her hands on a first major honour. Paris is the scene of her one final appearance to date and she is a top player – but her failure so far to claim a Grand Slam crown despite her undoubted quality will always be a cause for concern until she does break her duck.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza is a 9/1 chance but her form of late has been sketchy so I’m not massively tempted at that price. As in the men’s tournament, it may pay dividends go take the each way option on some bigger prices and former semi-finalists Timea Bacsinszky and Kiki Bertens at 50/1 and 33/1 respectively stand out.