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French Open 2017

Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza may still be celebrating their French Open title victories from a couple of months ago but thoughts will already be turning to next year’s championship. The French Open 2017 has a lot to live up to after this year’s excitement but the tournament is always a great spectacle bringing the best players in the world to the clay courts of the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.

We will take a look at the tournament itself and its position in the world of tennis as well as looking ahead to next year’s event. Although much could change in the next nine months we can take a good guess at who the main contenders will be for the clay court crowns. We’ll also take a look back at the history of this great competition and see if the past can inform the present and future when it comes to the French Open 2017.

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French Open Odds

Although the 2016 French Open has only just come to a dramatic close we can already look forward to next year and take a look at some of the favourites for the titles. By analysing the French Open odds supplied by a number of bookies we can already get a sense of what the experts think might happen next year in Paris.

Novak Djokovic finally won his first ever French Open title this year but could Andy Murray get his first next year? Or will crowd favourite Rafael Nadal return to claim his tenth championship at Roland Garros? Serena Williams missed out on winning her fourth French Open title this year when she was beaten in the final by the young Spanish sensation Garbine Muguruza. Could one of the Williams sisters be victorious in 2017? Or will we yet another new name on the list of winners?

We will take a look at all the latest French Open odds to see where punters should their money – and which players give the best value.

The French Open

But let’s start off by finding out a little bit about the tournament itself. Sports fans who don’t know too much about tennis may not know the history of the championship and why the French Open is different to a lot of other tournament on the world tennis circuit – especially the other majors.

The French Open takes place at the end of May and the start of June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris and is one of the four ‘majors’ in the tennis world. Unlike the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships and the US Open, the French Open is played on clay courts and therefore demands a slightly different skill set than its grass court counterparts.

Originally started in 1891 as the French Championships, 1968 saw the first ‘French Open’ with professionals allowed to compete as well. Due to the clay court surface some of the biggest names in tennis history have never won a French Open title and it is rare that a player who wins the grass court Wimbledon Championship is also victorious in Paris.

A Riot of Colour

Unlike the very strict dress code of the Wimbledon Championships where all players must wear all white outfits, the French Open is far less demanding when it comes to tennis clothing. Although some commentators seem to get annoyed by the lack of constraints it does mean that the players get to wear a selection of outfits that also pleases their various sponsors!

What Makes Clay Courts Different?

Some of the tennis players regarded to be the best in the world find that they struggle with the clay courts of the Stade Roland Garros. Clay courts produce a slower game with a higher bounce so players who rely on a powerful serve and what is known as a serve and volley game discover that their strengths are diminished on clay.

There are many world renowned players in both the men’s and women’s game who have never won a French Open title – such as:

  • Pete Sampras
  • John McEnroe
  • Stefan Edberg
  • Venus Williams
  • Virginia Wade

Other players such as Rafael Nadal find that their skills suit the slower clay courts and have been very successful in Paris.

Only a few of the greats in the modern era have been able to adapt their game to the clay courts of the Roland Garros and the faster grass courts of Wimbledon. This is definitely something to keep in mind when you are attempting to predict the winners of French Open 2017. When you are checking out the French Open odds you might be surprised that some of the top players are not regarded as favourites for the title but it will usually be down to their style of play not suiting the clay courts.

Clay Court Tournaments

When it comes to clay court competitions, the French Open is the most prestigious one of all. Tennis these days is played on a variety of different surfaces but the French Open is the only major that is played on clay. Both the US and Australian Opens are played on hard courts with the Wimbledon Championships played on grass.

Although the current French Open men’s singles French Open champion is also Wimbledon champion it does not generally happen so make sure you do your research well and find out who are the clay court specialists before you jump in on a bet that you think looks good just because the player in question is high in the world rankings.

You can look at some of the other clay court tournaments that take place all over the world to get some insight into who looks comfortable on the surface – and also who out of the specialists looks in good form going into the French Open.

Some of the other clay court tournaments include the Rio Open that is played earlier in the year and also two big tournaments that take place shortly before the French Open – the Madrid Open and the Italian Open that takes place in Rome. It is particularly useful to see how the top players – in both men’s and women’s games – perform in these last two as that will give a really good indication of how they could do in Paris.

The 2016 French Open

We can take a look at trends over the last ten years ago shortly but to get some kind of insight into the tournament and to get some tips for the French Open 2017, let’s first of all go back a couple of months and find out what happened at this year’s event.

Firstly, the men’s competition. As we mentioned earlier, Novak Djokovic claimed his first ever French Open title when he beat Andy Murray in the final. By becoming champion on clay as well as all his other titles; Djokovic truly confirmed what most tennis fans already believed – that he is one of the modern greats.

Djokovic’s victory gave him his career grand slam – winning all four major tournaments – and also became the first man to hold all four major titles at once since Rod Laver back in 1969. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament through injury so it could be said that this was the best chance either of the finalists had of winning the title. Whether Djokovic or Murray can take their form through to the French Open 2017 remains to be seen but both men will want to carry on where they have left off this year.

Serena Williams was the defending champion going into this year’s tournament and was hoping that she could repeat her victory to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 major singles titles.

But the young Spanish sensation Garbine Muguruza won the final in straight sets to claim her first major. She also made it to the final of Wimbledon in 2015 so her French Open odds for 2017 will be pretty short.

Not Just Singles

Although most of the attention is on the men’s and women’s singles competitions there will be plenty more titles up for grabs at the French Open 2017 and although most bookies won’t advertise all of them within their French Open odds sections you might want to take a look at what is on offer to see if there are any markets with real value away from the main show.

The French Open 2017 will have, in addition to the men’s and women’s singles:

  • Men’s Doubles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles
  • Boys’ Singles
  • Girls’ Singles
  • Boys’ Doubles
  • Girls’ Doubles
  • Legends Under 45 Doubles
  • Women’s Legends Doubles
  • Legends Over 45 Doubles
  • Wheelchair Men’s Singles
  • Wheelchair Women’s Singles
  • Wheelchair Men’s Doubles
  • Wheelchair Women’s Doubles

Some of the names in some of these different categories will not be known by many outside the game but the main doubles are always competitive and the juniors sections will undoubtedly showcase some of the stars of the future. Something to take into consideration for punters betting on tournaments further into the future than the French Open 2017!

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When Will the 2017 French Open Take Place?

The most prestigious clay court event in the tennis year takes always takes place at the end of May going into the start of June. Next year’s dates have already been finalised.

The tournament will start on Sunday 28th May and run through to Sunday 11th June. All the various competitions will run throughout the event with the Women’s Singles final taking place on Saturday 10th June and the Men’s Singles final the day after. The Men’s Doubles final will also take place on the Saturday with the Women’s Doubles final scheduled for the final day of play just before the Men’s Singles final.

The complete schedule of play will be available on the official tournament website so you can plan ahead in plenty of time to make sure you know exactly when you need to put your bet on by!

Ticket Availability

Most tennis fans will be content with watching the games on the televisions but some of the more fanatical followers will always try to make it to Paris to watch the matches in person.

French Open tickets are obviously very popular so you would have to get in early if you want to see exactly how your bet is getting on. There are plenty of ticket agencies as well as the tournament itself where you can find all the information you need in regard to prices, availability and the time frame of selling tickets for next year’s tournament.

Top Players

Although we have mentioned that there are a number of different competitions covering all age ranges in both the men’s and women’s games at the French Open the majority of punters will be looking to bet on the singles competitions so we are going to take a brief look at some of the favourites and their chances of winning next year.

The men’s game has been dominated by Novak Djokovic but Andy Murray is consistently making the latter stages of tournaments – on all surfaces – recently so must be in contention as well. Rafael Nadal is the king of the clay court but has had a succession of injuries so has not been as successful of late. He was forced to pull out of this year’s competition but would hope to make it back to Paris next year to claim that elusive tenth men’s singles title.

Another player who missed out this year is the grand master Roger Federer. The Swiss tennis ace has won the French Open in the past but has probably seen his best days gone now. But you would never want to count him out of the running whatever the surface.

Another Swiss former French Open champion is Stan Wawrinka who won the trophy in 2015. He was edged out at the semi final stage this year by Andy Murray but will be looking to get back to the showpiece final at next year’s tournament.

The women’s side of the tournament has not been as dominated by single players throughout its history – although both Steffi Graf and Monica Seles managed to win multiple titles. The Williams sisters – Serena and Venus – have been the players to beat for quite a while now but Serena has only won three French Open titles in her career and was beaten this year by Garbine Muguruza. Venus Williams, although wildly successful in her tennis career, has never been victorious at Roland Garros and has made the final just once way back in 2002 where she lost to her own sister.

Favourites for 2017 and their French Open Records

Although Serbian Novak Djokovic can rightly be considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time it was only this year that he won his first major on clay. He had previously lost in the final on three occasions so he is hardly a novice on the surface though.

Along with countless other tournament victories he also has an outstanding record when it comes to the grand slam events. Djokovic has won the Australian Open six times, Wimbledon three times and the US Open twice. Winning in Paris this year proves he is at the top of his game and it is no surprise that the bookies have him favourite to win next year.

British Success?

Andy Murray may not have won the French Open yet but he has been coming closer to that elusive title for quite a while now. He has made it through to the quarter final or further in five of the last six years with three of those campaigns ending at the semi final stage.

Away from the clay Murray has found most grand slam success at Wimbledon which he has won twice (including this year). He has also won the US Open once back in 2012. The Australian Open is the grand slam he has gone furthest most consistently having made it to the final on no less than five occasions. But he has never gone home with the trophy and this year lost in the final again.

Murray must be considered a good chance to win the title next year but may well find Djokovic just too much to handle – and that’s without taking into consideration some of the other big names who could return next year.

Spanish King

Rafael Nadal is probably the greatest ever clay court tennis player and has won a staggering nine French Open titles. But injury and a lack of form has seen the Spaniard fall down the rankings in the last few years and his victory at Roland Garros in 2014 was the last time he won a grand slam event.

Nadal has won all of the majors with one Australian title in 2009 to go with the two Wimbledon and US Open triumphs. Injury has taken its toll but Nadal is still fancied by the bookies and can be found at 6/1 on some betting sites for next year’s French Open. Seasoned tennis watchers would wait and see before jumping in on those odds though. He may be the best player in the tournament’s history but injuries finish even the greats.

Outsiders for the Men’s Title

If you are looking for a bit of value in the market for men’s singles winner you might want to look to Roger Federer’s Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka won the final in 2015 and was only beaten in the semi final by Andy Murray this time out.

Wawrinka has also tasted victory at the Australian Open in 2014 and although he made the semi final of the US Open this year, at the age of 31 he might find next year’s French Open too much. If he does do well in the early rounds he could be one to look out for but there is probably more value in individual match betting than as an outright tournament winner.

Will Serena Come Back Strong?

The Williams sisters have dominated the women’s singles game (and have not been too bad in the doubles game!) but it is Serena who has by far the better record on the clay of Roland Garros.

Serena Williams is the number one ranked player in the women’s game and has a remarkable record in all the grand slam events. Although she has had more victories on the grass of Wimbledon – an amazing seven titles – she has also won the Australian and US Opens six times each. In comparison, Williams has ‘only’ won the French Open on three occasions.

But it always seems to be an upset if she loses a final and after being victorious in 2015, Serena will want to get back to winning ways next year. The bookies definitely agree, naming her as favourite for the competition at around 2/1.

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Back to Back Wins?

At only 22 years of age Garbine Muguruza has time on her side to rack up the grand slam wins. This year’s French Open was her first major title having previously made it to the final of Wimbledon in 2015. She has definitely been more successful on clay so if she is able to fend off the considerable talent of Serena Williams she might be able to repeat this year’s performance.

Others in With a Shout

It probably says something about the parity of the women’s game (minus the Williams sisters) that the rest of the field when it comes to winning the French Open is pretty open.

Current world number two and this year’s Australian Open winner, Angelique Kerber could be in with a chance. The German does not find clay to be her favoured surface but had an excellent grand slam season this year with a Wimbledon final and a US Open semi final to add to her Australian title. She would definitely be an outside chance but if she has another good year next year she may be able to surprise a few people.

Another player who the bookies like the look of is the Romanian Simona Halep. Her aggressive style is yet to win her a grand slam trophy so far with her 2014 French Open final defeat to Maria Sharapova the furthest she has ever gone. But a couple of grand slam semi final appearances along with some other good performances have convinced the bookies that she may be in with a chance.

The Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has been more successful in the Australian Open, winning the title on two occasions, but has just as good a chance as any of the outsiders for next year’s French Open.

Azarenka is actually a former world number one but injuries have caused a dip in the rankings. She has not really figured in the latter rounds of the French Open since her semi final appearance in 2013 but a favourable draw could help her in next year’s tournament.

Some Basics About Tennis and the French Open

If you are planning on putting a bet on the French Open 2017 then as well as taking a look at the French Open odds it probably is a good idea to get yourself acquainted with at least the basics of tennis rules if you are somewhat of a novice.

As we have already seen, as the French Open is played on clay it is not just as easy as looking at the current player rankings and picking the top player if you want to be successful with your bets. Knowing the ins and outs of the game is important and the French Open has a few other unique points that you could take into consideration.

We have explained that the fact that the French Open is played on clay means that it is a slower pace of game as compared to the faster hardcourt or grass courts. But don’t think that means it is an easier tournament to play. If anything the opposite is nearer the mark.

In fact the slow playing surface makes the matches at Roland Garros even more physically demanding and this can sometimes have a massive effect on the players and how they perform on the tennis court.

The French Open is also considered to be the end of the clay court season in tennis so players may feel mentally and physically drained by the time the tournament comes around. Tennis can be a lonely sport and unless a player is performing as part of a doubles team they are the only person they can rely on. There is no team to back them up – if they don’t perform to the best of their abilities then they will be exiting the tournament.

Another aspect of the French Open that makes it one of the hardest of the grand slam events on the tennis calendar is that the men’s game is played as a best of five sets, with the final set not going to a tie breaker. This means that one player must win by two or more games in the fifth set – no matter how long that takes. This obviously puts an even greater strain on the physical fitness of the players involved.

The women’s game is played as a best of three sets but with so much power and strength in both the men’s and women’s games these days the physical toll of the clay court surface can regularly take its toll.

With the tournament already being a tough slog for all involved the weather experienced in Paris at the start of the summer can also sometimes have a great effect. Although the US Open and the Australian Open in particular regularly sees very high courtside temperatures, if the sun is shining down on the Roland Garros then the players will definitely feel it.

Tennis Basics

We will take a closer look at how the rules of tennis affect the kinds of bets punters can place in a little while but for the uninitiated the scoring system in tennis may seem a little strange. Although the basic idea of winning more points than your opponent is obviously easy to follow, the terminology surrounding the game may confuse some new fans.

The winner of a match in tennis is the first to two or three sets depending on the tournament. Each set is played as the first to six games. Players must win the set by two clear games and if the set goes to six games each then a tiebreaker is played (although not in the final set as we have already seen).

It is the individual games where a scoring system peculiar to the sport of tennis is used. The player must win what would be considered four points in any game but in tennis each point has its own name. Points zero, one, two and three are called ‘love’, ‘fifteen’, ‘thirty’ and ‘forty’ respectively. When the player gets the fourth point they win the ‘game’.

There is another added quirk if the players get to three points each or ‘forty-forty’. This is called ‘deuce’ and a player must win two further points consecutively to win the game. Once you get used to watching tennis these terms will sound as straightforward as any other sport but if you are a newcomer to the sport then they may sound a little strange.

If you are planning on betting on tennis and the French Open then you need to do your research and part of that is discovering the intricacies of the game.

How to Follow Tennis in the Build Up to the French Open 2017

Although tennis goes by seasons – as with the clay court season ending with the French Open – there is so many competitions and tournaments that you could watch the sport all the year through. And if you are serious about betting on the French Open then the more tennis you can watch the better.

Obviously if you are concentrating on the French Open when it comes to betting it would pay to concentrate on the various clay court tournaments that take place throughout the year in the build up to the main show. But it wouldn’t hurt to take notice of some of the other tournaments as well to see how the players are getting on.

You can tell a lot about a tennis player by watching their games and checking their form. As a solitary sport a lot of the game can be won mentally so if a player hits a bad patch of form then that could affect their confidence which would, in turn, have a knock on effect on their results.

As we have mentioned, there are plenty of top class tennis events in both the men’s and women’s categories which an ATP or WTA tournament taking place several times a month throughout the year. This is where you can check out the players’ form on the clay courts.

But to see the best players in the world in the biggest tournaments you will want to watch the grand slam events. The Australian Open is the first major of the year and usually takes place around the middle of January in Melbourne. This is right in the middle of their summer so temperatures can sometimes be staggeringly high – this can affect the players in a number of ways and can influence the outcomes of matches.

The French Open is the next major of the year at the end of May in Paris. This is followed at the end of June by the Wimbledon Championships. As we have explained, the grass courts require a different set of skills but you can still identify the players who are having a good season and that could help with your research into the betting for the next French Open.

The final major of the year is the US Open which takes place at the end of August, running into September in New York. Again, this is played on a different surface – this time a hard court – but you can get to know a lot about the top players by watching them in all the competitions they enter.

You can keep up to date with everything that is going on in the tennis world in the sports media and specialist tennis magazines and websites. Knowing the players you are planning to bet on is obviously a big plus so it really does pay to do your research when it comes to the game.

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How Can You Watch Tennis Throughout the Year?

Obviously it all depends on where you live but there is always some kind of tennis available to watch – or listen to. Some of the major tournaments will be restricted to you unless you have the right television package but the ATP and WTA Tour is shown a variety of TV channels.

Sports radio does a good job of covering the majors in particular and the press and specialist websites are a great way to follow all the action all through the year – not just the grand slam events.

If you are looking into getting into bet on tennis – and in particular on French Open results – then you will have an online betting account (don’t worry, we are going to explain how to go about that in a moment) so you can also keep right up to date on your bookie’s website. They may even offer live streaming of some events. The only requirement to access live streaming of sports, apart from having an account with the site, is that you have some funds in your account. So as long as you keep some money in reserve you can watch all the games they have on their live streaming schedule.

How Can You Start Betting on Tennis?

It is all very well doing your research and finding out all you need to know about the players involved and what the French Open odds look like but there are few things you will need to do before you can actually make your bet.

These days you don’t have to summon up the courage to enter a dingy high street bookie and get all confused about all the names of the betting markets that they have on offer. The advent of the online sports betting site revolutionised the gambling industry and opened up betting to whole new sections of the population.

Obviously you can still go to a bookie in your town – and they are much more welcoming places than they used to be! – but for ease and simplicity you should really make your bet online. To do this you will need to register with an online betting site. You can actually register with as many as you want and sometimes this is a good idea as there are some pretty impressive welcome offers for new customers!

We will go through the typical signing up process in a moment but once you have completed that simple task you just need to deposit money into your customer account and make your selections. It is then up to your prediction skills as to whether you make any money or not!

How to Sign Up for an Online Sports Betting Account

So to start betting online you will need to register for an account with one or more bookies. Most sign up processes are more or less the same so we will go through step by step how to do this. It is a very quick and easy thing to do so you shouldn’t have any problems.

What Can You Bet on at the French Open?

Now you are all signed up for an account you can start making your selections. It depends on how early you want to place your bet but even with a long time to go before the French Open starts in May 2017 you could probably already bet on the winners of the respective competitions.

If you want to give yourself a little bit more choice when it comes to your betting on the tournament you could wait until shortly before it starts and you will see that there is plenty of markets to choose from.

As well as giving you a little bit more time to choose who you think will win the titles you can bet on all kinds of other things before and during the various matches. As well as individual match winners you could click on the indicator of how many other markets are available for that match.

For a quick example of the kind of markets that will offer, a match at the US Open that is going on at the time of writing opens up the following markets:

  • To win match
  • Set betting
  • First set winner
  • The possibility of a tie break in match
  • A double result bet
  • The number of sets that will be played – under and over
  • Handicap 2 way on the number of games won
  • Handicap 3 way on the number of games won
  • Total games 2 way
  • Total games 3 way
  • 1st set total games
  • 1st set game score

And this is just some of the markets that will be on offer as the match progresses! You can bet ante post – before the match starts – or take advantage of the fluid method of betting and bet in play. Not only does this mean that you can bet on very specific time sensitive markets, it also gives you the chance to see how the match is going before making your selections. Your pre-match predictions may change somewhat, but that’s ok as you can now take advantage of the in play betting feature.

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In Play Betting on Tennis

This great feature really comes into its own when it comes to tennis and the French Open. Being able to amend your plans as the matches are in play means that you can minimise your losses and also react to any developments as the matches go on.

You may also be able to cash out on your bet. A lot of betting sites are offering this facility now where you can take some returns before the end of your betting event. This is especially good if you realise it is looking that your bet may not come in. By taking something out of what could well be a losing bet you at least have some money to play with – and to win back in your next bet! The returns will obviously not be massive but at least you are getting something back at all!

Give Yourself Even More Flexibility by Betting on the Go

If online sports betting revolutionised the industry then the introduction of mobile betting has taken that one step further. Being able to bet in the comfort of your own home was a massive step but now punters no longer need to be restricted to their home computers to place their bets.

Having the ability to make a bet on your mobile phone or tablet device gives you even more freedom and you are able to access all the great betting markets that you would be able to see normally. In fact, some bookies recognise the attraction of mobile betting so much that they have specific promotions and offers tied in with their on the go features.

Most online betting sites will have their own version of a downloadable app so their customers can always make their bet wherever they are, whenever they want. Most of the big operating systems and devices are covered and it is very simple to get the app on your phone or tablet.
It will depend on what device you have for the way you download the app. iPhone and iPad users just have to go the iTunes store, search for the relevant bookie’s app and download it directly. Once you have synced it up with your account they will both update in real time.

Android users have a slightly method of downloading their betting apps. As Google don’t allow betting apps in their Google Play Store you will have to find a link provided by the bookie and follow the instructions from there to download it directly onto your mobile phone or tablet device.

You can always search for the betting site in your phone’s browser but not all of these will be specially optimised for a smaller mobile screen. Add that aesthetic reason to the fact that you can get offers and bonuses simply by making a bet through the mobile app, and then punters have seen that this is the way to go.

Football fans are already using their mobile apps more and more as a primary way to make a bet and tennis fans can enjoy all the same attractions as well. Having the ability to bet on the go means that you can update your selections and alter your plans depending on how the matches are going – meaning that you don’t get stuck with some older betting choices.

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Managing Your Money in Your Online Betting Account

We have briefly touched on the need to deposit money into your customer account in order to make your bets. Even if you are able to find a welcome offer from an online bookie where you receive some kind of no deposit needed bonus, at some point you will have to deposit money into your account. You probably won’t be lucky enough to rely on your winnings for ever!

Moving your money from your bank account to your betting account is usually fairly straightforward but there are a few things that you should be aware of so you don’t get any nasty surprises once your customer account is up and running.

We are going to take a look at the details surrounding moving your money in and out of account. As with the sign up procedure, the payment methods are fairly typical across the board.

There is a wide choice of payment methods and you can deposit and withdraw your money using any of the following:

  • Visa and Maestro debit cards
  • Visa and MasterCard credit cards
  • Neteller e-wallet
  • Skrill e-wallet
  • Skrill 1 Tap e-wallet
  • PayPal e-wallet
  • iDebit bank transfer
  • Paysafe card e-wallet
  • Entropay virtual pre-paid card
  • Bank Wire bank transfer
  • Fast Bank Transfer
  • Cheque

This gives the customer a lot of choice when it comes to their money but they have different limits and time frames so it pays to know when and how you can get to your money.

All these money deposit methods are free to use and the majority will appear in your customer account instantly. Only the Bank Wire, Fast Bank Transfer and Cheque take longer – 2-10 banking days, 1-3 banking days and 5-28 banking days respectively.

Another thing to take note of is the different minimum and maximum deposit limits that the various payment methods have.

With debit and credit cards, Skrill, Skrill 1 Tap, Paysafe Card and Fast Bank Transfer you only have to deposit a minimum of £5 into your account at any one time. Neteller, PayPal, iDebit and Entropay have slightly bigger minimums of £10 and if you want to use a Bank Wire bank transfer or a cheque to get money into your account you will need to deposit at least £100.

There are also maximum amounts you can put into your account at any one time. Obviously if you are a newcomer to online betting these limits may not really apply but it pays to know for the future.

A Paysafe card will allow you to deposit up to £770 whereas iDebit, PayPal and Skrill 1 Tap will allow £1500, £5500 and £8000 respectively.

Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards and Entropay pre-paid cards are able to deposit up to £20000 at any one time. For larger amounts you can use Neteller and Skrill. If you want the methods that allow you to put the absolute limit of £100000 at a time you will have to use Bank Wire or Fast Bank transfers.

Withdrawing your money, if you are lucky enough to have a few winners, also comes with some limits and time frames you should be made aware of. All the withdrawal methods are free once again, although if you use a Bank Wire bank transfer you will be notified of any fee before you confirm the withdrawal.

All the payment methods have their various minimum and maximum amounts and they fall largely in line with the deposit numbers. If you are thinking of taking out small or very big amounts of money, take a look at your online betting site’s limits before you start the withdrawal just in case.

The main thing to note here is that unlike depositing your money, you will have to wait a certain amount of time before the money is credited into your choice of withdrawal. This is entirely due to banking regulations and there is nothing that your online bookie can do about it.

If you use Skrill, PayPal, iDebit, Paysafe cards or Entropay pre paid cards you will get your money within 24 hours. Neteller have the quickest turnaround where it should take only 1-4 hours for your money to show up.

Using a debit card or credit card will mean you waiting anywhere from 1-3 banking days, whereas a Bank Wire bank transfer can take from 2-10 banking days. A cheque will take longer to clear – anything from 5-28 days depending on your bank.

One final thing to note that is very important is that all these lengths of time are ‘banking days’ so if you start your withdrawal in or around a weekend or bank holiday you can expect it to take a little longer again.

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How Do You Actually Place a Bet Online?

If you are an online betting novice you will now know how to set up a customer account with a bookie as well as have a little bit of knowledge and insight into who to bet on when it comes to the French Open in 2017. But how do you actually go about placing a bet online?

You will need to make sure that there is money in your account – and if there isn’t you could use a free bet that you may have received if you signed up for your customer account using a welcome offer bonus code. Alternatively you will have to deposit your money using one of the payment methods outlined above. As we have learned, depositing your money is generally instantaneous so you should not have to wait to go ahead with making your selection.

As a simple example we will use a simple single match outcome bet. If you are betting during the French Open you will be presented with a daily list of all the matches that are going to take place that day. As we have seen there are many other more detailed markets to explore on each and every match but we will concentrate on the match outcome bet here.

You just need to choose which player you think will win the match and click on the odds next to their name. The details of the bet will then automatically update your onscreen betslip which can usually be found on the right hand side of the screen. Most betting websites have very similar layout so customers have no reason to get confused.

The betslip will have the details of the bet but you will need to add your stake. This is how much you are prepared to bet on the outcome you have chosen. To give you some idea of what you will get back should your bet be successful, as soon as you type in the amount of your stake you will see a potential returns calculation. This figure is not set in stone but it will give you a good idea of what you can potentially win.

If you are happy with the bet – and more importantly the potential returns! – you just have to click the ‘Place Bet’ button at the bottom of the betslip. Once you have done this you cannot recall the bet and you should receive some kind of receipt on screen.

Then all you have to do is wait for the result. If your best is successful the money will instantly be credited into your customer account and you can move on to the next bet!

All bets have the same process of clicking on the odds to update the betslip. Obviously at the moment you cannot bet on single matches – or much else – in relation to the 2017 French Open but most bookies will have a market for the eventual winner. If you wanted to have a flutter now on Andy Murray winning his first ever clay court major your betslip would currently look a little like this.

Some hints and Tips When it Comes to Betting on Tennis

Every punter will tell you that they are looking for that little bit of insight, that little bit of knowledge that the bookie doesn’t know, to get the advantage. That way they can beat the system and find the real value.

Betting on Djokovic to win a match will probably not earn you too much in winning returns but is more of a sure fire bet than most. It depends on what you are looking for when it comes to your betting. Finding a long shot for the French Open might get you the long odds you need to make a lot of money, but those long odds are no good if there is no value in them – maybe they are long odds for a reason!

But if you have an extra piece of information that will help you with a bet then that is better than anything. If you are planning to bet on the French Open you need to do your research and that means more than just knowing who like to play on clay courts and who doesn’t.

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Go with the Home Crowd

Although no French man has won the singles title at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah was victorious in 1983 and there hasn’t been a French women’s singles champion since Mary Pierce in 2000 there is a train of thought that a home crowd can lift a player.

By looking at the period of time that it has been since anyone French lifted the trophies in Paris it is evident that the home crowd do not perform miracles. But sports crowds do like to get behind one of their own so it might be an idea to look for matches in the earlier rounds involving French nationals.

They may not be the favourite for a match – or they may have attractive odds – but with a crowd cheering every point for, and error made by their opponent, suddenly these French players can look like world beaters. It also follows that French players will want to do especially well in the ‘home town’ tournament so will raise their game in line with that.

Fitness Levels

Most of the very best players will get the right amount of rest before one of the grand slam events. But keep a look out for any players going a long way in tournaments a long way geographically from Paris. If a tennis player has a gruelling experience in a distant tournament just before they have to get all packed up for Paris then they may not be at their best at Roland Garros.

Injuries are very common in tennis simply down to the amount of tournaments and matches an individual player will put their body through in the space of a year. Keep up to date with any injury worries as this can obviously have a big effect on the results in the French Open.

By the time this tournament comes around in May, many of the players have already racked up the air miles competing in ATP and WTA tournaments all around the world. If any player has even a slight knock then this could be a reason to avoid what otherwise might be a safe bet. Travelling long distances does nothing to help injuries so always make yourself aware of the condition of the participants.

What’s the Weather Like?

It goes without saying that the weather can affect sports. Some are more susceptible than others, but tennis results can really be affected and not just down to rain delays.

Although the main matches are played on the bigger courts which are less at risk from weather conditions some of the outer lying courts at any championship can cause players problems due to their less enclosed designs.

One aspect of the weather that can affect tennis in a unique way is that if it is windy. As well as making the match harder generally, some players in particular can find their game reduced due to blustery conditions.

Some tennis players like to use a high ball toss when they serve. This would not normally be a problem and they would probably use this technique to get extra power into their serve. But if it is windy that means that the high toss has more chance to deviate in the air as the ball drops for the serve.

Players who use a high toss to their advantage normally will reign in their game somewhat to help them play against the wind as well as their opponent. This could give an underdog player more of a chance as the power of the higher ranked player is weakened bringing them both closer together in skill and strength.

Haven’t We Met Before?

One aspect of tennis statistics that should always be consulted, especially if you are betting on single matches is the players’ head to head record. Knowing how a player has performed against their opponent can tell you a lot about how this latest match might go.

It probably makes sense to only compare head to head records from the recent past as previous season’s results could paint a false picture of what has been going on between the two. The other thing to filter when it comes to checking and comparing head to head records is that you only take into consideration clay court matches – or even just previous French Open meetings.

There is no point using grass court or hard court matches as a point of comparison as these have no bearing at all on what your match will throw up on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Always Check the Details

Sometimes it could just be the slightest thing that makes the difference between the two players and if overlooked can mean the difference between a big pay out and just getting back basic winning returns.

‘Lefties’ can cause problems, not just for right handed players but even fellow left handed professionals. Something about the different angles the ball travels can have a detrimental effect on some. You can check if a particular player has had problems before and use that extra knowledge to your advantage. It might not come to anything but it is these details that can sometimes make the biggest difference.

Using In Play Betting to Your Advantage

We have already touched on the popularity of the in play markets when it comes to all sport, let alone tennis. But this can be the kinds of markets that you need to watch as you can really get some value compared to other areas of tennis betting.

Even a top player will get attractive odds to win a game or a set if he is falling behind in it. If you can trust that player to come through an awkward situation and end up victorious then you will get the longer odds when they are at their lowest. If you can judge when that is you could be in line for a few winning bets.

In play betting is also important when players take their breaks during a match. Psychologically they can really change the flow of a match so if you can spot that happening before the odds change you could make your intuitions really pay.

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Betting on the French Open 2017

Hopefully now you will have a better idea about betting on the prestigious French Open 2017. With a while until the tournament starts there is plenty of time for players to rise and fall in the rankings and for new stars to start coming through. But with a bit of luck this guide will have given novices and experienced punters alike a bit of an insight into betting on the tournament.

The temptation when it comes to tennis is to go for the number one seeds – or maybe the number one ranked players in the world when you try to select your outright winners. The only problem with that is that Novak Djokovic is just too good. Now that he has triumphed on the clay courts of the Roland Garros it does seem that he is virtually unbeatable.

But with the king of clay, Rafael Nadal, hopefully returning next year, the giant Serb could find the nine times winner in just the right form to claim that all important tenth title. Roger Federer may also return and if the pundits think that his best days are behind him he might just have an attractive price for him to win the whole thing.

Or could Andy Murray go one better next year? Clay has never been his strong surface but he did make the final this year so maybe he is finally getting as comfortable in Paris as he is on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

There are others who could have a massive say in the outcome of the men’s singles competition but you may well find that that all important value in the odds comes before the big showpiece event. When it comes to tennis – and any sport really – newcomers to online betting would do well remember that you don’t just have to bet on the outrights.

There are so many markets open to you – including all the time specific in play betting possibilities that you don’t need to predict a winner at all. You could find that you make enough money by betting on the smaller markets that you can use your research and insight with.

There is something very satisfying about predicting the winner of a tournament though. Serena Williams is just as dominant in the women’s game as Novak Djokovic is in the men’s – if not more so. But as Garbine Muguruza proved this year, surprises do happen and Serena is beatable (sometimes!).

Although Serena Williams is pretty formidable on any surface it is probably fair to say that clay is not her favourite so some of the other more specialist women players will look at this tournament as their chance to get one over the undisputed queen of tennis.

Whoever You Go For, Do Your Research

It may seem like we have repeated this mantra over and over throughout the article but why wouldn’t you want to do your homework before betting your hard earned money? You want to have the best chance of winning money back so find out all you can about the players, the tournament and what the weather will be like before you place your bet.

Having as much information at your disposal can only help you with your betting and if you really do your research you will be able to find the gaps in the bookie’s knowledge and really be able to make some money.

Betting on Tennis

Tennis is only second behind football for popularity when it comes to betting and it is not surprising when you consider how many competitions and tournaments take place every year. While many will be contested for by players you have never heard of if you are new to the sport, the grand slam events are always of interest to even the most casual of tennis fan.

The French Open has the added cachet of being the only grand slam event that takes place on clay and tests the players in a way that none of the others do. The Wimbledon Championships obviously has its own unique charm as well – and the US Open and Australian Open have their own distinct qualities – but Paris in late May and early June has an attraction all of its own.

Whether you are a newcomer to the sport or a long time fan, learning how to bet online on an event like the French Open can bring a whole extra element to the enjoyment of the tournament. The French Open is obviously an exciting enough event on its own merit but having a bet on the competition adds to the interest for any fan.

By using this guide you will hopefully have some extra information when it comes to making those all important bets. Obviously you will need to keep updated with all the latest news and previews as the tournament gets nearer next year, but this will hopefully serve as a handy starting point for your strategy for making some money from the competition.

We have concentrated largely on the men’s and women’s singles competitions in the French Open but there is much more to the event than just those two categories. If you do know more about the history of the doubles game then use that knowledge to your advantage. It is always the less popular betting markets that hold the biggest value and not as much is known about some of the individuals.

Everyone knows that Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world (although it is no guarantee that he will win the title next year – that is the beauty of sport). But if you are able to do your research on the doubles game then you could be in line for a nice winning return.
Whoever you end up betting on the 2017 French Open will once again be one of the highlights of the tennis year – and if you can win a few quid on it then that just makes it even better!

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