Excitement is building in the tennis world as one of the big tournaments of the year; the French Open is coming up and there are a lot of big names that may or may not be taking part as they have injuries or are not fully fit. Even if they do take part they may not do as well as expected and therefore it could mean that there will be some unexpected winners.
Take the Brits for example. Johanna Konta has shown a lot of promise in the women’s game, but she can be rather inconsistent. It always looks like she is capable of winning a big tournament, but it never quite seems to go her way. It will be interesting to see whether the clay is kind to her this year. Kyle Edmund has just broken into the world’s top 20 which is a fantastic achievement and also seems to be on good form on the clay. Obviously he will have to beat a lot of good players to progress but his quarter final result in the Madrid Open last week will give him a taste for this as he beat Novak Djokovic in that tournament. Heather Watson will also be playing, but her form has not been so good lately, but she is still likely to be fun to watch and to see whether she can do well and get through a few rounds.
Of course there are players from many countries set to play in the tournament and eyes will be on Nadal, who is well known for being the best on clay. However being knocked out in the quarter finals of the Madrid Open would have knocked his confidence as it was his first defeat on clay since May 2017. Federer is not playing the tournament so it will be up to Djokovic to see if he can beat him to make one of the four main players a winner, but there are many more that could step up to the mark as well. Serena Williams is likely to play the tournament and her coach says that although he felt she returned to playing too soon after having her daughter, that she could win the tournament. There will be lots of women to challenge her though and so it could be a very exciting fortnight.
If you want to make it even more fun then you could take a bet on your favourite player of the one that you think will win. This could be a difficult thing to do as deciding who might win the whole tournament could be tricky. You can of course choose to bet on individual matches instead which could be a lot easier to predict. There are many places that you can go to bet such as this site. Betting can make the game more fun and exciting as you have a lot more than just hope resting on a player winning. You could also win some money if you pick the right winner as well, which can be a fantastic bonus.