On the Road to the ATP French Open 2013
Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or French Open is the second tennis Grand Slam of the year. It takes place at the Parisian outdoors venue of Stade Roland Garros and it holds a total purse of $24 million in prizes.
The French Open is one of the oldest major tennis events in the world and it is the only one played on red clay.
Defending champion Spaniard Rafael Nadal comes back to Paris seeking to add one more title to his long list of achievements. Despite his current ranking in 4th position, he enters the draw as a strong favorite with betting odds at 4/6 due to his outstanding career on the red surface.
World number 2, Scottish Andy Murray will not be able to participate in this year’s event due to a back injury that has not fully heal. “It’s a really tough decision, love playing in Paris but, after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete. Apologies to the organizers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. My complete focus now is getting back on court as soon as possible.” Murray said.
Murray has stated he prefers to take care of his health and be completely recovered for Wimbledon where he was a runner up in last year’s tournament.
Other strong contenders to win the title who have good French Open betting lines are: world number 1 Serbian Novak Djokovic with betting odds at 6/4. Spaniard David Ferrer stands at 20 and the Swiss Roger Federer at 16.
The French tennis squad is also getting ready to cause some damage on the red clay and their names are: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, Jeremy Chardy and 24-year old new sensation Benoit Paire who managed to pull great victories over Argentineans Juan Martin del Potro and Juan Monaco.
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