Injured Alcaraz stays on top of French Open odds

Monday, 06 May 2024 at 03:30
Carlos Alcaraz remains the favorite according to the bookmakers for the French Open despite his injuries during the clay swing. The world No. 3 has struggled for consistency on the European clay and has already withdrawn from the Monte-Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open, and now the Rome Open, the final stop before Roland Garros.
The 21-year-old tennis player barely participated in the Madrid Open, where he was defending his titles from 2022 and 2023, but he fell in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion Andrey Rublev by 6-4, 3-6, 2-6. After the match, Alcaraz admitted that he wasn't at his physical peak, and shortly after, he announced his withdrawal from the Rome Open, which will take place this week.

Alcaraz the favorite at Roland Garros

Despite his physical issues, Alcaraz remains the favorite for a tournament that seems more open than ever, according to the bookmakers. The Spanish player stands at 21/10 on Oddschecker, confirming his position as the favorite, especially considering the challenges faced by his main competitors.
The second favorite is the three-time French Open champion Novak Djokovic, despite not having won any titles in 2024 and having played only one clay event this season. The Serbian player has odds of 3/1 according to the bookmakers and will be seeking his 25th Grand Slam title despite having his most inconsistent year in a long time.
The third favorite is Jannik Sinner at 7/2. Although the Italian has been dominant throughout the season and has shown to be the most in-form player of the year, he has not yet translated his hardcourt dominance to clay. He fell in the semifinals of Monte-Carlo to Stefanos Tsitsipas and then had to retire in Madrid due to hip problems. The next two weeks at home in Rome will be a key test to determine the level Sinner will bring to Roland Garros.
The next favorites include the 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who arrives at the tournament in a delicate physical condition and on the brink of retirement for what is likely his last appearance at the event, but in Paris, anything is possible for the 37-year-old Spanish player.
Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune complete the 8 favourites for the title.

French Open odds list as of May 5th:

1) Carlos Alcaraz – 21/10
2) Novak Djokovic – 3/1
3) Jannik Sinner – 7/2
4) Rafael Nadal – 13/2
5) Casper Ruud – 9/1
6) Stefanos Tsitsipas – 12/1
7) Alexander Zverev – 16/1
8) Holger Rune – 20/1

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