2016 Men’s French Open PicksNoah Williams
The French Open takes place from May 22 through June 5 at Roland Garris in Paris, France. As to be expected, the number 1 ranked player in the world, Novak Djokovic, will be the top seed when they hit the clay courts at Roland Garris.
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The biggest question in the 2016 French Men’s Singles Championship is whether or not Rafael Nadal, the former King of Clay, will be able to beat Djokovic. If not Nadal, is there anyone else who can? See below for more info on Djokovic as well as my smart and dark horse picks for the Men’s French Open Singles Championship.
A Closer Look At My 2016 Men’s French Open Picks
What: Roland Garros
When: May 16 – June 5, 2016
Start Time: 6:00 AM
Where: Paris, France
Stadium: Stade Roland Garros
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Favorite To Win The 2016 French Open: Novak Djokovic 8/11
Djokovic is 33 and 2 in singles tournaments already this year. He’s taken home over $5 million in purse money. The Serbian tennis player will no doubt go down as one of the greatest of all time. Since 2012, Djokovic has been to 3 French Open Singles titles championships. He made it to the Roland Garris finals in both 2014 and 2015. Even at below even money odds, Djok figures to be a tough guy to go against in the 2016 French Open. But, and it’s important to note, Djokovic has never won the French Open. He lost to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open Finals last year.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2016 French Open: Rafael Nadal 3/1
At 25 and 7 in singles tournaments this year, Nadal is on pace for his 2015 record where he finished winning 3 titles and going 58 and 19. Nadal isn’t the lock down, feared, player that he used to be. But on clay, that could all change. Nadal has an incredible winning percentage on clay. Plus, he’s won an amazing 9 French Men’s Singles Championships. Nadal could easily take home the top prize. At 3/1, and playing with confidence, he’s the smart bet.
The Dark Horse Bet To Win The 2016 French Open: Stan Wawrinka 10/1
Swiss player Stan Wawrinka will be looking for his second straight French Open title after beating Novak Djokovic in 2015. Wawrinka’s odds don’t make him the longest shot on the board, but he’s going off as the fourth choice after Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray. Wawrinka has had a decent enough 2016 with 2 singles titles and a 17 and 6 singles record to warrant consideration to upset Nadal, Murray and Djokovic in the French Open. At the odds, he’s worth a few bucks.