Tennis in Paris
My stop in Paris this time round wasn’t just for shopping.In fact I didn’t get any shopping done. I went for the 2017 French Open. The French Open, also called Roland-Garros is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. Named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Roland Garros is currently the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and it is the zenith of the spring clay court season. Because of the seven rounds needed for a championship, the slow-playing surface and the best-of-five-set men’s singles matches (without a tiebreak in the final set), the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
Roland Garros – The Home of Rafael Nadal
I have been a avid follower of tennis for as long as I can remember. Over the years that has morphed into an unhealthy addiction to Rafael Nadal. More than anything else, I think it is his life story and fighting spirit that captures my imagination overtime I watch him play. Anyone who knows me knows that making it to a Nadal match on Philip Chatrier ar Roland Garros meant that I had died a thousand deaths and made it to tennis heaven. 2017 was most significant because he was to lift the trophy for the tenth time.
More about Nadal here.
Roland Garros – The Courts
COURT PHILIPPE CHATRIER
Court Philippe Chatrier was built in 1928 as Roland Garros’s centerpiece and remains its principal venue, seating 14,840 spectators. The stadium was known simply as “Court Central” until 1998, when it was renamed for Philippe Chatrier, the long-time president of the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) who helped restore tennis as a Summer Olympics sport in 1988.
COURT SUZANNE LENGLEN
The secondary Roland Garros stadium with a capacity of 10,068 spectators, the court Suzanne Lenglen was built in 1994. Suzanne Lenglen, born in 1899, was the first female tennis celeb
Nicknamed the “Bullring” because of its circular shape – is a favorite among serious tennis fans because of its relatively small size ( 3,800 seats) and feeling of close proximity to the action.
Courts 3 to 18. Outside courts and have been the scene of some stunning French Open upsets in the past. In the early rounds of the tournament, outside courts are also the place to be to watch the top players practicing.
How To Order Tickets
Dates – 27 May to 10 June 2018
Since 2006 the French Open has started on a Sunday, that means the first round is played over three days from Sunday to Tuesday. Every other round is played over two days. Unlike the Australian and US Opens, there is no night session, only a day session. Tickets for show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, court number one) also give access to the outside courts; you will be assigned an allocated seat for the whole day. On the outside courts, seating is on a first come first served basis, there is no allocated seat.
Single all day tickets: Allow a reserved seat on one the show courts (Chatrier, Lenglen and Court 1) and/or unlimited access to the outside courts. From €20 on outside courts, from €50 on Chatrier.
Evening Visitors from 27 May to 6 June: Tickets to outside courts or one of the show courts from 5pm. Pre-book your tickets from 5 pm on the evening before the day you wish to attend. From €12.
Multi-day passes available:
- Week end: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. From €200 for 2 days on Lenglen, from €225 on Chatrier
- Semifinals: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June. From €265
- Finals: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June. From €290
All Premium packages include one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen and dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels … Premium ticket sales open on March 7. More details on the official website.
- 1 order and payment per person: Only one payment may be made per credit card (for the same card number). Bank e-cards or virtual credit cards shall not be accepted.
- 4 tickets for the main courts over the entire tournament.
- 12 tickets for the outside courts over the entire tournament
- no limit for qualifyings or Roland Garros Kids’ Day
Keep in mind that there are no ticket sales at the stadium itself before or during tournament. All bookings have to be made before the event. The tickets sell out really fast, so you better be prepared.
There are only 2 ways to legally buy tickets:
– the official Roland Garros website
– official French Open agencies that propose exclusively VIP tickets and corporate hospitality offers. You can find the complete list here.
Roland Garros Website
Ticket sales open to the general public on March 21.
Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis, so check out the website in advance to plan what days and courts you would like tickets for.
The e-tickets need to be printed and will be scanned at the entrance gate of the stadium, where a pass will be printed in the name of the ticketholder. These will be checked against an ID to enter the stadium.
From mid-April, you can also resell tickets via Roland Garros website and buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability. Find out how to buy resale tickets.
Tips to order your French Open Tickets
- create your account in advance
- tickets are sold on a first come first served basis, so check out the website in advance to plan what days and courts you would like tickets for
- write down the tickets you want to order
- check out the booking limits: only one order and payment per person
- no need to try to log in at midnight on the first day, tickets sale open at 10am Paris time (9am GMT)
- don’t refresh your browser page, you would only lose your place in the queue
- if you didn’t get the tickets you wanted, try again from mid-April
No matter how desperate you are, don’t buy tickets anywhere else but here.
What to wear
Smeltering heat. Days are long. Comfort is key.
For a full recap on what went down check out the video below: