Tennis Betting: How To Bet The Four Grand Slam Tournaments

The Australian Open ended one month ago, but there is a definite logic to betting on that tournament, just as there is a definite way to go about betting the French Open – which is the next major tournament on the calendar in 2019 – and the following two Grand Slam events at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Here are some pointers to keep in mind about each tournament:

French Open

This is the next major tournament on the docket. Some players establish themselves on clay more than on the other surfaces. On the men’s side, you have to start with Rafael Nadal, who has won the French Open a ridiculous 11 times, more than any other human being in history, by a large margin. Nadal is the best clay-court player of all time, male or female. Chris Evert is probably the greatest female clay-courter ever, and she is not especially close to Rafa’s standard. It is crazy but true. Novak Djokovic, however, will have a very good chance of beating Nadal this year. It won’t be easy, but Djokovic has played Nadal tough on clay in the past and is playing some of the best tennis of his career right now. You might be tempted to pick Dominic Thiem or Alexander Zverev for Roland Garros, but stick with Nadal and Djokovic this year. You probably won’t be disappointed.

For the women, Simona Halep has made each of the last two Roland Garros finals and played in three of the last five. Her defense is so good and her ability to counterpunch from a defensive position is excellent. If you can’t hit her off the court, she will outfox you on clay. Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, and Serena Williams will also be factors at this year’s French Open.


The great players win at Wimbledon. You very rarely get cheap or Cinderella-style Wimbledon champions. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal have won every Wimbledon men’s title dating back to Federer in 2003. You can’t argue with that kind of consistency from top players. For the women, it isn’t that different. Serena won in 2015 and 2016, Muguruza in 2017, and Angelique Kerber in 2018. All are multiple major champions. No flukes. Petra Kvitova won in 2014, also a multiple major champion. Marion Bartoli in 2013 is the weird exception which proves the rule. Don’t pick a weird, outside-the-box champion at Wimbledon. It generally won’t work.

U.S. Open

This tournament is played late in the tennis season, so the players who are physically fit are the ones who win here. Sloane Stephens played very little tennis in the early part of 2017 before she came alive at the 2017 U.S. Open and won it all. Naomi Osaka played very little tennis in the late spring and early summer. She was also very fresh when she played and won the 2018 Open.

Novak Djokovic played very little tennis by his standards in the first half of 2018. He survived the punishing weather in the early part of the 2018 U.S. Open and crushed Juan Martin del Potro in the final, when the weather was much more mild and pleasant. Rafael Nadal was healthier than Roger Federer in 2017 when he won the U.S. Open. Rafa beat del Potro in the semifinals after Delpo overcame an illness earlier in the week. Healthy players win U.S. Opens.

Australian Open

The Australian Open is a tournament where the best hitters win. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic played the cleanest tennis of anyone in Australia this past January. They are precise and consistent ballstrikers. They barely missed in the latter rounds of the tournament. There are a lot of night matches in Australia, more than at the other three majors. Playing night tennis gives an advantage to anyone who sees the ball clearly and hits the ball cleanly. Osaka and Djokovic fit that bill.