It’s time for the Greatest Show on Clay! The 127th Roland Garros tournament, the 2023 French Open, will host the best male and female tennis players in the world from the 28th of May until the Champions are crowned on the 10th and 11th of June.
The second Grand Slam tournament of the season will once again be played at the Stade Roland Garros, at the southern boundary of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. So who will win the coveted trophy? According to the best tennis betting sites, there is a clear favourite in the women’s tournament, but the men’s one is a two-horse race.
In 2022 Rafa Nadal, the all-time greatest player on clay surfaces, returned to Paris and won the Roland Garros. He won’t be there for the 2023 French Open, due to injury. So the favourite is his heir apparent, World’s No1 Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old wonderkid from Spain won his first Grand Slam title last year when he lifted the US Open, but his favourite surface is clay and he is seen as the favourite to prevail in France.
The slight favourite that is, as oddsmakers have Novak Djokovic just behind him. The Serbian tennis legend is in the hunt for his third Roland Garros title and his 23rd majors’ victory, which will make him the sole record-holder.
At the women’s table, 2022’s winner, Iga Swiatek, is once again the favourite to win it all. She is followed by Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur, while one the great favourites, Elena Rybakina, was forced to retire from the competition due to illness.
Apart from the glory, the trophy (or at least the replica, since the original never leaves the grounds), and the 2,000 points waiting for the two Champions, the monetary prizes are pretty important incentives. The winner in each of the two main tables will win 1.6 million dollars, with the finalist leaving France with 800,000 dollars.
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