French Open 2023 Tips, Predictions & Preview

The 2023 French Open begins on Sunday May 28 and we will provide our best bets, tips and predictions for every day of the tournament.

French Open Tips, Predictions & Preview

Expert tips, predictions and daily best bets for the 2023 French Open, live from Roland Garros in Paris between May 22 and June 5.

Who will win the French Open in 2023?

We will provide daily best bets and multis for the French Open, while our predictions for outright winners can be found below. Our reasoning for outright winners is further down the page.

French Open Predictions Today & Best Bets

Friday June 9

Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic – Over 38.5 total games at $1.83 with bet365

This is the most highly anticipated match of the season as World No. 1 Alcaraz comes up against 22-time major champion Djokovic with a spot in the French Open final on the line. It’s shaping as a match for the ages if both produce their best tennis and I think we’ll get a cracking contest tonight. Alcaraz is 35-3 this season after returning from injury, while Djokovic is Djokovic – not much more needs to be said. Both players started the tournament in somewhat shaky fashion, but they’ve each improved with each passing round, coming into this semi-final showdown in sublime form. Backing Over 38.5 total games as the best bet here. Alcaraz and Djokovic haven’t been broken much over their last couple of rounds, and on current form, can’t see any set being too lopsided. A four-set contest is likely to push this over, while a five-setter is an absolute lock. Can’t see either player winning this in straight sets, so the overs looks great value.

Alexander Zverev vs Casper Ruud – Zverev to win H2H at $1.80 with bet365

The stars are aligning for Zverev as he looks to reach just his second major final. The German shattered his ankle at Roland Garros 12 months ago and his return has been a slow burn, but he’s back playing some great tennis when it matters most. Zverev has come through tough opponents in Tiafoe, Dimitrov and Etcheverry with minimal fuss and now he gets a great semi-final opponent in Ruud. The Norwegian hasn’t been playing anywhere close to the level he produced last season and has been fortunate with his draw so far in Paris, running into a fatigued and tired Rune in the quarter-finals. Ruud dropped sets against Zeppieri and Zhang, while he was behind in two sets against Jarry in the R16. Zverev won’t let him get away with such lapses – he’s in a different class to those players. Zverev has won two of the three previous meetings and back playing some of his best tennis, has the edge to reach the final.

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French Open Tips & Predictions (men)

Who will win the men’s French Open in 2023?

With 14-time champion Rafael Nadal withdrawing injured, a fantastic opportunity awaits at the French Open for a new champion to be crowned – or for Novak Djokovic to edge ahead of his rival in the most Grand Slam titles race.

Djokovic has been drawn into World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz’s half of the draw, meaning the pair are seeded to meet in the semi-finals, while Daniil Medvedev – the second seed – leads the bottom half, with Casper Ruud, Holger Rune and Jannik Sinner the other notable top seeds.

An Alcaraz vs Djokovic semi-final is likely, even if the latter hasn’t been playing well this clay swing and was dealing with some niggling injuries in his latest tournament in Rome, which ended in a three-set defeat to Rune in the quarter-finals. Andrey Rublev’s game is limited and he hasn’t been past the quarter-finals of a slam, Stefanos Tsitsipas hasn’t been great since being swept aside by Djokovic in the Australian Open final and Felix Auger-Aliassime has won a grand total of one match on clay in 2023. Italian young gun Lorenzo Musetti could potentially trouble Alcaraz in the fourth round, but out of the main contenders in the top half, it’s tough to see either losing before the semi-finals.

In the bottom half, I really rate Rune’s chances to make the final. The Dane had his breakout tournament at the French Open last year, beating Tsitsipas en route to the last eight, and he’s taken his game to another level over the last 12 months, cementing his top 10 status and reaching two Masters 1000 finals on clay over the last month in Monte Carlo and Rome. Rune is seeded to meet Ruud in the quarter-finals – he just beat the Norwegian in Rome and Ruud has been pretty poor all season, so I’d expect him to come through that match unscathed. Medvedev has transformed into a big force on clay after beating Rune in the Rome final and a potential quarter-final with Sinner would be a tasty matchup. Can’t see the likes of Zverev, Fritz, Tiafoe or Coric going too deep here, so I think one of Medvedev, Rune or Sinner makes the final – and I’m leaning with the Dane.

On current form pre-tournament, Alcaraz has the edge on Djokovic (not too worried about his early exit from Rome, in fact it should be beneficial in saving energy before RG), and if the Spaniard survives that test, he’s certainly the favourite for the title. In terms of a smoky, I’m looking at Francisco Cerundolo in the bottom half. The Argentine beat Sinner in Rome recently and is one of the most dangerous claycourters on tour. Cerundolo is seeded to meet Fritz in R3 and Rune in the R16, so tough little section, but he’s more than capable of going on a run if he plays his absolute best.

French Open Tips & Predictions

Who will win the women’s French Open in 2023?

For the first time in what seems like forever, there’s an established trio at the top of women’s tennis that are deserved favourites for the title. I’m of course talking about Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina. Over the last 12 months, the majority of big titles have been won by these three. Swiatek is the reigning French Open champion and also took home the US Open crown, along with Doha and Stuttgart silverware in 2023. Sabalenka won the Australian Open at the beginning of the season and also triumphed on clay in Madrid, while Rybakina won her maiden major at Wimbledon before going on to reach the final of the Australian Open, win Indian Wells, make the final of Miami and take home the Rome trophy just before Roland Garros.

When these three are playing their best, there’s not many who can challenge them – although Barbora Krejcikova has proven she can beat Swiatek in the past, which makes a potential R16 showdown a mouth-watering prospect. Sabalenka also has a tough draw, starting in R1 against Marta Kostyuk and the R16 with Qinwen Zheng, who can take down anyone on her day. Rybakina meanwhile has a nice little quarter, with the highest-seed Ons Jabeur dealing with injury problems for most of the season. Swiatek also retired in Rome against Rybakina with injury issues, so the World No. 1 at $1.83 odds isn’t the best price.

Jessica Pegula is as consistent and solid as they come, but she’s got a big test in Danielle Collins in R1, while I just don’t think the American has the firepower to beat any of the aforementioned ‘Big 3’ if she runs into them on clay. Maria Sakkari, a former semi-finalist, also has a very tricky opening round against Karolina Muchova, who could easily produce the upset and go on a deep run herself. Marketa Vondrousova is one of the more dangerous unseeded players and the former French Open runner-up could make the quarter-finals for a potential clash with Sabalenka. Anastasia Potapova is another player to look out for – the 24th seed is having a career-best season and has a nice section, landing with Pegula and Sakkari, both of whom might lose early.

Overall, I think Rybakina has the best draw out of the top three and is the best value at $7.00, with Swiatek and Sabalenka facing some tough tests over the first four rounds. Muchova, Vondrousova and Potapova the dark horses.