It seems like a lifetime since the focus has been with the Open wrap up back in January on the game of tennis. But the spotlight will soon be back on the court, now for the 2019 French Open with Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep at the peak of the oddsboard to maintain the names.
This will be the first time in three years that the King of Clay is listed as the favored at +105 because he angles for his 12th Open championship. Halep will attempt to be the first girl to acquire back French Open titles because Justine Henin. Why Shouldn’t We Ignore The House On Nadal?
I can attempt to come up with a compelling argument about the way Nadal is 32 years old or injuries could creep in but that would be selling him short. 11 Open names have been won by the man and did that just over the last 14 years. He contains only lost twice in games and possesses a 58-8 SU record onto a clay coating. SHEESH!
Nadal has won back French Open titles (withdrew in 2016) and lost in the quarterfinals in 2015 to Novak Djokovic. The Joker retains the distinction of being one of two men to beat Nadal in the French Open but holds an all time 1-6 SU record against the Spaniard at Roland Garros and a 7-17 SU listing in 24 matches on clay.
The only reason I would suggest to bet on Djokovic (+225) to acquire the major is because Nadal can get hurt and draw from the championship. I am willing overlook that risk and to roll the dice on that factor. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that Nadal and Djokovic faced each other in the Italian Open final under a week ago on clay and Nadal won two sets to one, however if Rafa pulls out, this is Djokovic’s tourney to shed.