We bring you daily tennis picks to spot on your French Open betting card in this column, from likely favorites to advance & potential upsets in 1st round matches on the men's front.
Andy Murray vs. Facundo Arguello
This should be a straightforward opening match for Britain's No.1 and current Madrid Open champion. Facundo Arguello ranks 137 in the world and boasts a 1-12 win-loss record going into the French Open. He also earned a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser. The tennis odds are a bit ridiculous for this matchup with Murray trading at -20000 to win outright and Arguello trading at +3300 to win outright. Best bets here is for Murray to pull off the feat in straight sets at -550. There is a chance Arguello could take one set off Murray, seeing as he's a dirt-baller by trade and has played mainly clay court events on the challenger level.
Tennis Picks: Murray in straight sets at -550 or 3-1 at +400
Borna Coric vs. Sam Querrey
The tennis odds on this match up are puzzling, to say the least. Sam Querrey enters his first round match against Borna Coric, a promising up-and-comer as the favourite at -163 tennis odds to win outright. Although the tennis odds make sense in terms of experience and ranking, they go against one key element. It's a tiny detail. Only the keenest eye would catch so don't worry if you didn't. That is, Querrey isn't exactly a gazelle on clay. Most Americans players in general struggle on this surface. Another thing to consider is the fact that Querrey takes a losing 10-13 record on the season into this match, which includes a 2-3 SU record on clay in the European swing. He hasn't won back-to-back matches since April, when he reached the final of Houston – a clay court event but Stateside. In any event recent form suggests he could be low on confidence Coric, by contrast, is to clay what ducks are to water. He takes an 8-4 record on clay into this match, which includes a semi-final appearance in Nice. At +120 tennis odds, he comes across as the value tennis pick in our opinion.
Tennis Picks: Coric +120 to win outright
Gael Monfils vs. Eduoard Roger Vasselin
This could be the popcorn match of the day: an All-French affair between Gael Monfils and Roger Vasselin and much closer than the tennis odds would suggest. As it is, Monfils is trading at -1400 tennis odds to win outright while Vasselin is matched at +700. Monfils delights in entertaining the crowd and he can blow hot and cold from set to set. Vasselin will be looking to put in a solid account before his home fans, represent his country well too. Don't be surprised if this one goes the distance, to five sets where the pair strike an attractive pose on the tennis odds board: Monfils is priced at +750 to win 3-2 while Roger Vasselin is priced at a whopping +1600 to win 3-2. It's worth mentioning that Roger Vasselin won the French Open doubles title with Julien Benneteau last season and that could underscore the upset in round one of French Open betting.
Tennis Pick: Monfils to win 3-2 at +750
Andrey Golubev vs. Tommy Robredo
This matchup could be headed towards an upset simply because Robredo's form is questionable on account of injury. Robredo (-400 to win his first round match) is 8-8 on the season and has the 2-0 head-to-head edge over Golubev, but the Spaniard hasn't played since Barcelona last month, where he reached the quarterfinals. Of course, that was a month ago and he could be in better form than we're assuming and this will come across as much ado about nothing. If you're looking to back Robredo, a straight set win at +100 or a 3-1 win at +275 offers better value for your tennis picks. On the flipside, it's worth paying attention to this matchup and, perhaps, putting a small stake on Golubev at +275 tennis odds to win outright.
Tennis Picks: Golubev +275 to win outright