PARIS, France – The second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros is less than two weeks away and the expected duel between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the French Open title is raising interest to unprecedented levels.
Nadal or Djokovic? The nine-time French Open champion or the runaway world no. 1 determined to capture the only Grand Slam title which has so far eluded him? It’s the question on everybody’s lips, minds and Twitter accounts and tennistips.com brings you the latest twists, turns and tips in the build-up to the French Open and every day as the Grand Slam itself is played from 24 May-7 June.
With its staff of expert tipsters, betting guides and full-time tennis analysts, tennistips.com provides full French Open coverage: Outright tips, both before the draw (to help you identify that outside chance that’s worth a flutter before everyone else catches on) and after; the top bets covering every facet of the competition; and in-depth tips on each day’s action as well as detailed analysis of the biggest clashes.
It’s never been so hard to tip a winner in Paris, with defending champions Nadal and Maria Sharapova both facing a huge challenge to retain their titles. The ‘King of Clay’ has lost just one match at Roland Garros in 10 years but, with his kingdom eroding everywhere else, serious questions are being asked about his ability to hold on to his Paris heartland for one more year. Djokovic, who already holds the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo titles in 2015, is coming for the Coupe des Mousquetaires but he’s not the only threat to Nadal’s throne – not with Roger Federer, the emergence of Andy Murray as an unlikely clay-court challenger after thrashing Nadal in Madrid, Kei Nishikori increasingly posing a threat on all surfaces and a field studded with maverick talents like Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios.
Nadal is under siege and his slide down the rankings to a 10-year low of world no. 7 has thrown the balance of power in men’s tennis into chaos, with his unusually low seeding meaning that he could face Djokovic as early as the quarterfinals. If these two titans clash early, who could take advantage in other parts of the draw?
If the men’s field looks like a two-horse race with the trick being to pick the winner, the depth of talent in the women’s draw makes the 2015 French Open as unpredictable and intriguing as ever. World no. 1 Serena Williams, the Australian Open and Miami Open champion already in 2015, is the favourite but she is more prone to an unexpected defeat at Roland Garros than anywhere else, while defending champion Sharapova hasn’t had the clay-court results she wanted in the build-up after her bright start to the year.
Between them, Petra Kvitova and former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova put paid to any idea of the French Open as a duel between Serena and Sharapova when they sent both stars out of the Madrid Open but can you rely on either to threaten for the Roland Garros title? With last year’s runner-up Simona Halep’s form a mystery and a pack of dark horses including Charleston and Stuttgart champion Angelique Kerber, the much-improved Caroline Wozniacki and rising young talents Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Garcia, Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza, it takes a practiced eye to sort the contenders from the pretenders.
Combining the expertise of tipsters with the in-depth knowledge of full-time tennis journalists, tennistips.com tells you how to watch and bet – and what’s worth betting on, offering outright and daily tips for the 2015 French Open, played 24 May-7 June in Paris.
See the outright tips for the men’s French Open champion here:
And for the women’s champion: