ATP Tour and WTA Tour Tennis Predictions - French Open Tennis 2020 Schedule, Betting Odds, and TV Schedule

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Ricky Dimon

Tennis · 1 year ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

French Open Tennis Start Date

Four months after it was supposed to take place, the 2020 French Open will get underway on Sunday. Normally the clay-court season takes place in the spring prior the busy summer stretch that includes Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. This year, of course, the coronavirus wreaked havoc on all sports and caused a major shift in calendars. On both the ATP Tour and WTA Tour, Wimbledon was cancelled and the clay-court was shifted to after the U.S. Open, which ended just two weeks ago.

French Open action starts on Sunday, whereas all of the other three Grand Slam tennis tournaments begin on a Monday. This is the only slam in which the first round is held over three days instead of two—in this case Sunday, Sept. 27 through Tuesday, Sept. 29.

French Open Tennis Location

As always, the French Open is taking place at Stade Roland Garros near Paris, France. The tennis center is specifically in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb just a few miles west of downtown Paris and a little more than a mile south of the Arc de Triomphe.

There are two main show courts at the venue, Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen. For the first time this year, there is a roof over Chatrier—so tennis can continue at least on one court even when it rains.

The roof may not be great help to fans until 2021, because there won’t be many at Roland Garros this year. Initially it was announced that 11,500 spectators per day could attend, but the number quickly went down to 5,000 and then all the way to 1,000. That includes credentialed personnel (players, coaches, media), as well, so in reality there will be far less than 1,000 fans on the grounds daily.

French Open Tennis Schedule & TV channel

In the United States, the French Open will be broadcasted by Tennis Channel and NBC over the upcoming the fortnight. All NBC TV coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and on the NBC Sports app. Eurosport will be the main provider in France and throughout Europe.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – First round (Tennis Channel and NBC)
Monday, Sept. 28 – First round (Tennis Channel)
Tuesday, Sept. 29 – First round (Tennis Channel)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Second round (Tennis Channel)
Thursday, Oct. 1 – Second round (Tennis Channel)
Friday, Oct. 2 – Third round (Tennis Channel)
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Third round (Tennis Channel)
Sunday, Oct. 4 – Fourth round (Tennis Channel)
Monday, Oct. 5 – Fourth round (Tennis Channel)
Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Quarterfinals (Tennis Channel)
Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Quarterfinals (Tennis Chanel)
Thursday, Oct. 8 – Women’s semifinals (Tennis Channel, NBC, and NBCSN)
Friday, Oct. 9 – Men’s semifinals (Tennis Channel, NBC, and NBCSN)
Saturday, Oct. 10 – Women’s final (NBC)
Sunday, Oct. 11 – Men’s final (NBC)

Tennis Betting Odds – French Open Odds (H2)

Men’s Champion

Rafael Nadal +110
Novak Djokovic +188
Dominic Thiem +400
Stefanos Tsitsipas +3300
Daniil Medvedev +4000
Pablo Carreno Busta +5000
Alexander Zverev +6000
Diego Schwartzman +7500
Stan Wawrinka +7500

Women’s Champion

Simona Halep +250
Garbine Muguruz +700
Victoria Azarenka +1100
Serena Williams +1300
Elina Svitolina +1400
Kiki Bertens +2000
Petra Kvitova +2000
Karolia Pliskova +2000
Elise Mertens +2500

Tennis Predictions – French Open Picks and Best Bets (H2)

Our tennis predictions have already begun, starting with a couple of futures bets. It is hard to choose between Nadal and Djokovic right now; Nadal is favored, but conditions in the fall won’t be as favorable for him as conditions in the spring. Djokovic warmed up for Roland Garros by triumphing in Rome. Still, Nadal has won this tournament 12 times; Djokovic only once. So, what gives? Well, perhaps don’t pick a side and instead back both of them to reach the final. At +188, those odds are not bad.

We will also have tennis picks on the women’s side, where the tennis betting odds suggest more parity. There is no overwhelming favorite or favorites. Halep is the top choice and Muguruza is next, but nobody is dominant. It also must be noted that defending champion Ashleigh Barty, U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu are all out. The door is open, and Azarenka could be the one to walk through it, The 31-year-old from Belarus captured the Cincinnati title and then finished runner-up to Osaka at the season’s second slam.

Pickswise is the home of free Tennis picks and predictions. Check out our expert tennis picks today. Our handicappers provide daily expert insight throughout all of the major tournaments on the ATP Tour and WTA Tour.

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