2017 French Open: Top US Men’s, Women’s Singles Players Odds & Free Picks

Venus Williams

Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:03 PM GMT

It has been all about the Williams sisters in the American tennis scene since the retirement of Las Vegas-native Andre Agassi, and looking at the Futures Book odds for Sunday’s coming French Open, it seems an American winning either the Men’s or the Women’s Singles Championships is a longshot. Let’s look at betting capsules for the six Americans with the best chances.

The French Open, Second Leg of Grand Slam in Tennis, Serves Up Sunday in Paris

The 2017 French Open begins on Sunday from the red clay courts of Roland Garros Stadium in Paris (Tennis Channel, 2 am ET) and has been the case for Americans playing in this Grand Slam event of late, if your last name isn’t Williams, you really haven’t had a shot of bringing any silverware home with you from France. And so is the case again this year, with three US players from the Men’s bracket—Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, and John Isner—and three players in the Women’s bracket—Venus Williams, Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe—really having any chance of making any noise in the second Grand Slam Event of the year. The French Open will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel and NBC in the US.

Here are betting capsules for the six top-seeded American Men’s and Women’s players heading into Sunday’s first round of play at Roland Garros Stadium:


Jack Sock, 14th Seed

Odds to Win Men’s Singles: +5000 at Intertops

Current Men’s ATP Rankings (Points): #15, (2,415)

Career Singles Record: 133-87 (60.5%)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 4-3

2017 Overall Record: 21-7

Highest Finish at French Open: Quarterfinals, 2015

First Round Opponent Odds: Jiri Vesely +201, Sock -233

The 24-year-old former junior US Open champion and Kansas City resident is currently the highest-ranked US Men’s player but may end up having a Round 4 non-dream date with “The King of Clay,” Spaniard Rafael Nadal. French favorite Nadal is an intimidating 14-1 on (Outdoor) Clay this ATP season.


John Isner, #21 Seed

Odds to Win Men’s Singles: +20000 at Intertops

Current Men’s ATP Rankings (Points): #22, (2,020)

Career Singles Record: 328-205 (62.5%)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 4-5

2017 Overall Record: 5-9

Highest Finish at French Open: 4th Round, 2014 and 2016

First Round Opponent Odds: Jordan Thompson +303, Isner -363

Thirty-two-year-old Tampa resident stands 6-foot-10-inches tall and must look intimidating with a tennis racquet in his hands and has more than 5,000 ATP Tour Aces already. Isner is best known for losing a 5-hour, 41-minute marathon match to Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu (6-7 [2-7], 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16) in Round 2 of the French Open here in 2012 in the second-longest match in the tournament’s history and 10th-longest ever. Here its seems Isner got a nasty Draw—his tennis odds dipped from +15000 to +20000 —with #1-seed Andy Murray maybe awaiting the American fairly early in Round 4.


Sam Querrey, 27th Seed

Odds to Win Men’s Singles: +15000 at Intertops

Current Men’s ATP Rankings (Points): #28, (1,470)

Career Singles Record: 297-243 (55% in Grand Slams, ATP Tour, Davis Cup)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 5-3

2017 Overall Record: 15-9

Highest Finish at French Open: 3rd Round, 2008

First Round Opponent, Odds: Hyeon Chung +115, Querry -127

The tall (6-6), 29-year-old Las Vegas resident and San Francisco native faces 68th-ranked Hyeon Chung, a 21-year-old from South Korea, in his opening match on Sunday (4 a.m. ET) in the first meeting ever between the right-handed hitting, two-handed backhand ATP players. Sam Querrey emerge from Rounds 1 and 2, a landmine of a French Open Men's Draw awaits the American with possible Round 3 meetings with No. 9-seed and No. 10-ranked German Alexander Zverev, and with the tournament’s No. 10-seed, Tomáš Berdych potentially laying in wait in Round 4.

If Querrey survives all that in the top half of the bracket, top-seed Andy Murray could be next in the Quarterfinals followed by No. 3-seed Stan Wawrinka in the Semifinals and then maybe the Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic winner in the Men’s Singles Championship match slated on June 11. Whatever is tougher than “tough sledding” is his perceived path. But Querrey did upset Djokovic in Round 3 in Wimbledon last year and isn’t bad on Clay.


Venus Williams, #10 Seed

Odds to Win Women’s Singles: +3300 at Intertops

Current Women’s WTA Ranking (Points): #11, (3,941)

Career Singles Record: 751-212 (77.99%)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 3-2

2017 Overall Record: 17-6

Highest Finish at French Open: Finals, 2002 (Lost to Serena, 7-5, 6-3)

First Round Opponent, Odds: Wang +195; Williams -240 

Venus will remember losing to big sister Serena in the Australian Open Finals in January, and like all other players in the Women’s Draw will be glad the best Women’s player on the planet is at home expecting her first child and out for the rest of the year. The 36-year-old Williams should have both mental and clay experience advantages over the rest of the Americans in the Women’s field in France, having reached the French Finals 15 years ago where she lost to her younger sister. The elder Williams, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, has to like the way the Draw fell, with a potential meeting with the hobbled Garbiñe Muguruza possibly a Quarterfinal round opponent. Venus is 3-1 lifetime against the 4th-seeded Spaniard although Muguruza defeated her in the Quarterfinals of the Rome Masters earlier this year in three sets. If one American is going to make a run on the red clay courts at Roland Garros, it will likely be the savvy veteran, Williams.


Madison Keys, #12 Seed

Odds to Win Women’s Singles: +5000 at Intertops

Current Women’s WTA Ranking (Points): #13, (3,163)

Career Singles Record: 191-107 (64.9%)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 0-3

2017 Overall Record: 3-5

Highest Finish at French Open: 4th Round, 2016

First Round Opponent, Odds: Ashleigh Barty -118; Keys -111

The 22-year-old Rock Island, IL native and current Boca Raton, FL resident (Chris Evert Academy) faces a pretty stiff test in her opening (Round of 128) match on Sunday (4 a.m. ET) against 21-year-old and No. 84-ranked Ashleigh Barty (97-43). The Australian is a slight favorite in the match at this point.

Keys—the first US woman to debut in the Top 10 since Serena Williams back in 1999—had a nice run in Paris last Spring, but was ousted by Kiki Bertens —who plays in the Nuremberg Cup Final against Czech Barbora Krejcíková Saturday—of Netherlands in the 4th Round in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3 as the No. 15 seed. Possibly one and done for Keys who has struggled on Clay so far in 2017?


Coco Vandeweghe, #19 Seed

Odds to Win Women’s Singles: +5000 at Intertops

Current Women’s WTA Ranking (Points): #20, (2,082)

Career Singles Record: 244-195 (55.6%)

2017 Outdoor Clay Court Record: 3-1

2017 Overall Record: 10-7

Highest Finish at French Open: 2nd Round, 2014 and 2016

First Round Opponent, Odds: Rybáriková +265; Vandeweghe -315

The 25-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident has played well on Clay in 2017 and Vandeweghe (115 Aces, #6 WTA) should advance from her Round 1 match on Sunday (4:00 am) against Magdaléna Rybáriková although the 28-year-old Slovak—playing her first tournament on Clay this year at Roland Garros—is 1-0 lifetime against the American. With a possible Rybáriková-Begu-Pavlyuchenkova-Konta path to the Quarterfinals in the Women’s French Open draw, Futures bet on Venus Williams to win seems money better well bet in this market with the elder Williams having more experience than Vandeweghe going deep into and winning tournaments, including Grand Slams.


Why the French Open Always Seems To Be A Tough Slog For Americans

The few number of clay courts now in the US, as well as the gradual decline of the popularity in the sport among kids in the US, has helped create a reality where the Williams Sisters may actually be the country’s last great hope at winning on the sometimes cruel Clay in The City Of Lights. And one is 36 and the other pregnant, so Futures bet on Americans at the French Open seem like burning money. One good thing for Americans this year is the presence of Venus, and backing her to win her Round 1 match over 50th-ranked Qiang Wang seems prudent as what potentially lies ahead of her in that quarter of the bracket as well as the tournament should fuel her experienced fire.


Free Tennis Picks: Venus Williams +3300 at Intertops Free Round 1 Picks: Venus Williams -250 at Bookmaker

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