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French Open - Start date, how to watch, latest odds & more

The French Open, the second of four Grand Slams on the tennis calendar and the only Major played on clay, gets underway in late May each year.

Also known as Roland Garros, the French Open is a major tennis tournament which is held over a two-week period across May and June each year.

The tournament is named after French aviator Roland Garros, and is widely regarded as the most physically demanding competition on the professional circuit, given the challenging clay surfaces characteristics.

What: 2023 French Open
Where:Roland Garros, Paris, France
When:Sunday 28th May - Sunday 11th June, 2023
How to watch:Eurosport or bet365 Live Streaming
Odds:Men's Outright: Novak Djokovic 13/8, Carlos Alcaraz 13/8, Rafael Nadal 5/2. Women's Outright: Iga Swiatek 10/11. Simona Halep 8/1, Ons Jabeur 10/1.

When is the French Open?

The next edition of the French Open will get underway on Sunday 28th May and conclude with the men's final on Sunday 11th June, 2023. The women's section of the draw will conclude with the final on Saturday 10th June.

The main singles draws for both men and women will feature 128 players, 16 of which will have come through qualifying.

Where is the French Open?

The second Grand Slam of the season will be held in Paris, France, and it is unique in the sense it is the only Major to be played on outdoor clay courts.

The venue was first constructed in 1928 to host France's first defence of the Davis Cup and the complex in the French capital contains twenty courts, including three large-capacity stadiums.

Can I watch the French Open?

Yes. The tournament will once again be shown live on Eurosport, with customers also able to stream live tennis via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

bet365 will also be able to provide pictures for bettors that meet the requirements on the website through our Sports Live Streaming service.

How many times has the French Open taken place?

This will be the 127th edition of the tournament, with the event first established in 1891 and having originally been known as the French Championships.

The tournament was only open to French players or foreign players who were members of a French club during the first 34 years of its existence. Therefore, it was understandably dominated by home players, particularly Max Decugis, who won it eight times from 1903 to 1914.

Who has won the French Open on the most occasions?

Rafael Nadal is the most decorated player in the history of the French Open, having won it 14 times. His first success came in 2005 and his most recent in 2022, when he readily outclassed Casper Rudd, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.

Former Swedish number one Bjorn Borg won it six times between 1974 and 1981 and by some distance is the second most decorated male player of the Parisian event in the Open Era.

American ace Chris Evert is the most successful female player in French Open history, with seven title triumphs, while Steffi Graf won it six times and Justine Henin four.

Who are the favourites for the French Open?

Despite his unprecedented domination in Paris, Nadal is currently third favourite in the betting to add to his 14 titles, with Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz both priced up at 13/8 to reign supreme.

Nadal can be backed at 5/2 to prevail whilst Greek star Stefano Tsitsipas is priced at 6/1, with the 2022 runner-up Rudd available at 12/1.

In the women's event, clay-lover Iga Swiatek is the odds-on favourite (10/11) to follow up her victory in the last staging event, having previously claimed victory at Roland Garros in 2020.

8/1 chance Simona Halep, who was crowned champion in 2018 and is also a two-time runner-up, is next in the betting, with Ons Jabeur at 10/1 and Caroline Garcia, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa all available at 12/1.

Click here to view our 'Outright' markets ahead of the 2023 staging of the French Open.

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