Djoković Chasing His 23rd Grand Slam Title In France - 2023 French Open
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Djoković Chasing His 23rd Grand Slam Title In France

The 2023 Australian Open is in the rearview mirror, and now the tennis world’s focus has shifted towards the only clay court Grand Slam tennis tournament, the French Open.

Slated for the end of May at Stade Roland Garros, the French Open 2023 could go down in history as the tournament where Novak Djoković or Rafael Nadal wins his 23rd Grand Slam title and becomes the most successful tennis player of all time.

But which of the two tennis superstars will deliver, or will another player step up to the plate and disrupt their road to eternal glory?

2023 French Open Format & Schedule

The 2023 French Open is set to commence on Sunday, May 21 and conclude with the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday, June 11. It will mark the 93rd iteration of the French Open and possibly one of the most important to date.

  • Date: Sunday, May 28 – June 11
  • Venue: Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France
  • Where to Watch: DAZN

The 2023 French Open will start with the first round of Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles on Sunday, May 28, and run until the men’s singles finals on Sunday, June 11. As in previous years, the tennis tournament will welcome 128 men tennis players, including 32 seeds, consisting of the top-rated players in the world.

The current tentative schedule looks like this:

  • Qualifiers: May 22-26
  • First Round: May 28-30
  • Second Round: May 31 – June 1
  • Third Round: June 2-3
  • Fourth Round: June 4-5
  • Quarter-finals: June 6-7
  • Semi-finals: June 8-9
  • Women’s final: Saturday, June 10
  • Final: Sunday, June 11

Three Favourites, Handful of Contenders, And The Rest

The 2023 French Open field has yet to be finalised and we’ll likely going to see a couple of big names announce that they’ll skip the tournament in weeks leading to it. But the online betting sites have already released outright odds, suggesting we’re in for a tight battle for the coveted trophy.

The reigning Australia Open 2023 champion, Novak Djoković leads the outright markets as the main favourite, priced at 2.50 (bet365), followed by Carlos Alcaraz (2.75 at bet365), and the defending French Open champion, Rafael Nadal (3.50 at bet365).

Behind the leading trio are a few familiar faces, including 2023 Australia Open finalists Stefanos Tsitsipas (7.50 at bet365), 2020 French Open runner-up Casper Ruud (13.00 at bet365), and Jannik Sinner (15.00), who is priced at the same odds as Alexander Zverev (15.00) and the up-and-coming Holger Rune (15.00).

Dominic Thiem, who made two French Open finals appearances (2018 and 2019), sits at 17.00 (at bet365), alongside Nick Kyrgios (17.00) and ahead of Daniil Medvedev (26.00 at bet365), Andrey Rublev (34.00 at bet365), and Lorenzo Musetti (34.00 at bet365) as the only players who are priced at under 41.00.

2023 Complete ATP French Open 2023 Odds Comparison

Team / BookmakerBet365GG.Bet
Novak Djoković2.502.50
Carlos Alcaraz2.752.75
Rafael Nadal3.503.50
Stefanos Tsitsipas7.507.50
Casper Ruud13.0013.00
Jannik Sinner15.0013.00
Alexander Zverev15.0015.00
Holger Rune15.0013.00
Dominic Thiem17.0017.00
NIck Kyrgios17.0017.00
Daniil Medvedev26.0025.00
Andrey Rublev34.0036.00
Lorenzo Musetti34.0036.00
Felix Auger Aliassime41.0044.00
Matteo Berrettini41.0044.00

Djoković Returns To France

With most of the world easing up on COVID-19 restrictions and mandatory vaccinations, Novak Djoković has been able to return to tennis courts – and he did so in style. In January, he claimed his 23rd Grand Slam title, which tied him with Rafael Nada as the winningest tennis player of all time.

With three more Grand Slam tennis tournaments ahead, Djoković seems to be on the right path to solidifying himself as the GOAT, but much of the same holds true for Nadal, who is – as always – expected to deliver on the French clay. With 14 Rolland-Garros trophies to his name, the Spaniard is by far the most successful tennis player at French Open and a serious threat to Djoković and his quest to complete the Grand Slam – after the achievement slipped through his fingers in 2021.

And then, there’s also Carlos Alcaraz, who is slowly proving himself as the next tennis superstar. With a lot on the line and plenty of top talent heading to France, the 2023 French Open is a tennis tournament no one should miss.

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