The 2022 French Open is underway at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, and we are already almost through the first week of play. Tomorrow, the remaining third-round matches will take place, after which the men’s and women’s singles draws will be down to their final 16 contenders.
In both men’s and women’s singles, there have been a number of upsets and near-upsets, which sets up well for plenty of chaos as the tournament continues.
On the men’s side, eleven of the top twelve seeds are still alive heading into Saturday’s eight matches. The only top-12 seed to exit the tournament thus far is #10 seed Cameron Norrie, who fell in the third round to #21 seed Karen Khachanov.
So, all of the top pre-tournament favorites are still alive, with the only notable change seeing Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal swap places behind favorite Novak Djokovic.
As was the case last year, chaos is reigning in women’s singles. Eleven of the top 16 seeds are already out, including seven of the top ten seeds. Of the top seeds, only #1 seed Iga Swiatek, #3 seed Paula Badosa, and #7 seed Aryna Sabalenka are still alive.
Swiatek, who extended her winning streak to 30 matches with a second-round win over American Alison Riske, will face Danka Kovinic tomorrow in the third round. The world number one was a strong favorite to win her second French Open women’s singles title in three years, but with the rash of upsets in the draw, she is an even bigger favorite now.
Who are the favorites to capture the men’s and women’s singles titles in Paris this year? Here’s a look at the latest odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
Odds are as of Friday, May 27.
2022 French Open Odds – Men’s Singles
- Novak Djokovic +180 – 2021 French Open men’s singles champion and current world number one
- Rafael Nadal +290
- Carlos Alcaraz +320
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +700 (previously +550) – 2021 French Open men’s singles runner-up
- Daniil Medvedev +3200
- Casper Ruud +3400
- Jannik Sinner +3800
- Alexander Zverev +3800
- Andrey Rublev +5500
- Miomir Kecmanovic +8500
- Holger Rune +8500
- Felix Auger-Aliassime +10000
- Diego Schwartzman +10000
- Karen Khachanov +10000
- Cristian Garin +22000
- Hubert Hurkacz +22000
- Nikoloz Basilashvili +24000
- David Goffin +25000
- Hugo Gaston +25000
- Lorenzo Sonego +25000
- Mikael Ymer +25000
- Mackenzie McDonald +25000
- Gilles Simon +25000
- Marin Cilic +25000
- Bernabe Zapata Miralles +25000
2022 French Open Odds – Women’s Singles
- Iga Swiatek -250 – current world number one
- Amanda Anisimova +1300
- Cori “Coco” Gauff +1700
- Paula Badosa +1800
- Aryna Sabalenka +3000
- Jil Teichmann +3200
- Leylah Fernandez +3200
- Daria Kasatkina +4200
- Sloane Stephens +4600
- Elena Rybakina +4800
- Jessica Pegula +4800
- Aliaksandra Sasnovich +4800
- Elise Mertens +5500
- Qinwen Zheng +6500
- Martina Trevisan +8000
- Madison Keys +10000
- Veronika Kudermetova +12000
- Camila Giorgi +18000
- Tamara Zidansek +22000
- Irina-Carmelia Begu +22000
- Alize Cornet +25000
- Shelby Rogers +25000
- Danka Kovinic +25000
- Leolia Jeanjean +25000
2022 French Open Men’s Singles Outlook
Novak Djokovic (Pre-Tournament Odds: +190)
Prior to the clay season, Djokovic had played in only one tournament, and he still might be shaking off some rust. But he is rounding into form at just the right time for him and the wrong time for everyone else.
After losing in the final of the Serbia Open to Andrey Rublev and the semis of the Madrid Open to Carlos Alcaraz, Djokovic claimed his first title of 2022 on Sunday, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final of the Italian Open.
On the way to winning his sixth title in Rome, Djokovic didn’t drop a single set. While he had some wobbles, he looked more like himself than he had at any other point this year.
Carlos Alcaraz (Pre-Tournament Odds: +220)
Alcaraz, who just turned 19 on May 5, is labeled as the “Next Big Thing” in men’s tennis, and it’s for good reason.
He had a disappointing early exit at the Monte-Carlo Masters last month, but that is his most recent loss. He opted to skip the Italian Open but will enter the French Open with ten straight wins and consecutive title wins in Barcelona and Madrid.
Among those ten straight wins are wins over each of the other men’s singles favorites: a win over Tsitsipas in Barcelona, and wins over Nadal, Djokovic, and Zverev in the final three rounds in Madrid.
In addition to his Masters 1000 win in Madrid, he also won the hard-court Masters 1000 event in Miami in April and reached the semis at Indian Wells. In his last six tournaments, Alcaraz is 25-2 with four titles.
Nadal, his compatriot, won his first French Open title shortly after he turned 19. Will Alcaraz do the same? The chances are more than decent.
Rafael Nadal (Pre-Tournament Odds: +440)
Nadal is the undisputed “King of Clay”, and with a record 13 French Open men’s singles titles, he merits his position as one of the top favorites yet again.
But he will head to Roland Garros with the injury cloud hovering over him yet again. In Rome, he lost to Denis Shapovalov in three sets in the round of 16, with a foot injury significantly affecting his competitiveness in the deciding set.
That is definitely something to keep in mind and look out for when he takes the court next week. But Nadal has gutted out many a win while not at his best physically, so count him out at your risk.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Pre-Tournament Odds: +550)
It seems like it is a matter of when and not if Tsitsipas will win a Grand Slam singles title. And he will carry some solid form into Roland Garros this year as he tries to go one step further than he did last year.
In this spring clay swing, Tsitsipas took the title at the Monte-Carlo Masters, reached the quarters in Barcelona, the semis in Madrid, and the final in Rome.
Tsitsipas has increasingly improved at not losing his way and making things harder for himself than he should. But he is still prone to it. In the Italian Open final, he was a service hold from forcing a third set but couldn’t get it done and ultimately lost the set–and the match–in a tiebreak.
But if you are going to go outside the above trio, he is the obvious next best choice.
2022 French Open Women’s Singles Outlook
Iga Swiatek (Pre-Tournament Odds: -125)
It is somewhat of a surprise to not see Swiatek with even shorter odds, given the form that she is in.
Grand Slam tournaments can be pretty unpredictable. But it will take a superhuman effort by an opponent or an extraordinarily bad day for Swiatek to fall short of her second French Open women’s singles title in three years.
Ultimately, there’s only so much that can be said about other potential contenders when Swiatek has been so dominant since losing to Jelena Ostapenko in Dubai three months ago.
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