Novak Djokovic signs with Lacoste

There were rumours since January that Novak Djokovic would sign with French brand Lacoste once his contract with Uniqlo over, it is now official: Djokovic is the newest member of the Croc family.

Lacoste has developed for Novak Djokovic an eponymous clothing line to be worn on the court. These outfits have been specially designed to kit out the champion during the Grand Slam’s tournaments as well as dress him for the other tournaments of the season. The Novak Djokovic collection will be available in Lacoste boutiques, starting May 2017.

Novak Djokovic outfit for Roland Garros

Let’s have a look at Novak’s outfits for the upcoming tournaments.

Roland Garros:

Novak Djokovic outfit for Roland Garros 2017

Novak Djokovic outfit for Roland Garros 2017
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How to buy last minute Roland Garros tickets

Roland Garros 2017 starts in a little over two weeks time; you planned a Paris trip but still not have your Roland Garros tickets? Don’t worry, it’s not too late, you have 3 ways to buy tickets:

On site

Tickets for qualifiers (from May 22 to 26) are on sale on site. Tickets give access to the entire public area within the stadium. Courts 6 to 18 have unreserved seating and are open to all. Court Suzanne Lenglen is also open to all spectators to watch players from the main draw practising before the tournament starts.

Roland Garros website

Qualifying days

Tickets for qualifiers are also on sale on line.

General public tickets

Extra tickets were put on sale on Wednesday May 10, so tickets are still available: there are a lot of tickets left for the women’s semifinals for example.

Resale tickets

From April 13, people that for some reason are not able to attend the event put their tickets up for sale on Roland Garros website. That means you can buy unwanted tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability. The resale ticket is integrated to Roland Garros website, so it’s completely secure and legal.

Since 2016, Viagogo is no longer in partnership with Roland Garros, the tickets on sale on this website are sold illegally and without any guarantee.

Two advices:
– if you manage to get outside court tickets: from 5pm some Show Courts ticket holders leave the stadium, so stay near an exit gate and ask them – gently – their ticket.
– if you can’t get those Court Chatrier tickets you really wanted, buy some Suzanne Lenglen tickets and once inside the grounds, try to swap tickets with a Court Central ticket holder.

Evening visitors

Buy Evening Visitors tickets from 28 May to 6 June and get access to outside courts from 5.30pm for only €15. You have to book your tickets online from 5 pm on the evening before the day you wish to attend.

Official agencies

If you have deep pockets, official agencies propose VIP tickets with or without accomodations. Check out the complete list here.

Do not purchase tickets through unofficial websites or agencies: they sell tickets without the agreement of the French Tennis Federation and do not guarantee you official tickets. You’ve been warned…

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

How to buy US Open tickets

Roland Garros is just around the corner, but it’s already time your tickets for the US Open! Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

2016 US Open: Wawrinka defeats Djokovic

Qualifyings – 22 to 25 August 2017

Access to the qualifying tournament, the week before the main tournament starts, is free. It is also the best time to watch top players practicing.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – 26 August 2017

Kids and their families can enjoy free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the live tennis and music show features exhibition matches and skills competitions with top players, as well as musical performances.
Learn more at http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/.

US Open – 28 August to 10 September 2017

Hot, loud, electric, the US Open is a tournament like no other, and has been the scene of some of the craziest tennis matches, like the infamous McEnroe-Nastase in 1979, or Jimmy Connors’ run to the semifinals in 1991.
The Billie Jean King center, home of the US Open, has transformed a lot in the recent years: Arthur Ashe Stadium now has an amazing retractable roof, the new Grandstand debuted last year, and 10 outside courts were renovated.

The courts

Arthur Ashe stadium

Arthur Ashe stadium

With a capacity of 23,771 seats, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis facility in the world. With the retractable roof added last year, there’s no risk anymore to have to play the men’s final on a Monday or Tuesday!
Check out Arthur Ashe’s seating chart.

Louis Armstrong

The old Louis Armstrong Stadium has been demolished and will be replaced by a temporary stadium seating 8,800 spectators. The temporary stadium will be removed next year and the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a retractable roof, will open. Check out Louis Armstrong Stadium update.

Grandstand

The new Grandstand, a 8,125 seat stadium, which opened in 2016, is the third largest stadium in the center, and replaces the Old Grandstand, which will be torn down when Louis Armstrong Stadium is replaced in 2018.

The tickets

Rafael Nadal at practice, 2016 US Open

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 12. American Express Card Members will have access to an early on-sale starting Monday, June 5, and running through Saturday, June 10.

There are 4 different type of types of day session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium along with first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all of the field courts.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to the Grandstand and all of the field courts. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.
Grandstand Stadium: assigned seat in the Grandstand Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to all of the field courts. Grandstand tickets are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.
Grounds Admission: provides first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all of the field courts. Grounds Admissions are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.

and one type of evening session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in the main stadium for any matches scheduled to take place in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a given evening.

Ticket plans

Ticket plans offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. They will go on sale on Tuesday, May 16.

Arthur Ashe plans:
full series: all sessions, Monday 28 August to Sunday 10 September. From $2,200.
first week: 9 sessions, Monday 28 August to Friday 1st September. From $550.
opening sessions: 5 sessions, every first-round session, Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 August. From $360.
evening sessions: 14 sessions, all evening sessions plus Finals weekend. From $1,100.
pre-holiday: 4 sessions, Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1st September. From $270.
holiday weekend: 7 sessions, Friday 1st to Monday 4 September. From $550.
holiday evening: 4 sessions, Friday 1st to Monday 4 September. From $330.
championship week: 8 sessions, Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 September. From $750.

Other plans:
Louis Armstrong: 9 sessions, all day sessions, Monday 28 August to Tuesday 5 September. From $950.
Grandstand: 8 sessions, Monday 28 August to Monday 4 September. $675.

Pricing shown is for reference only from 2016.

Official travel packages

Learn more at www.tours4tennis.com or call 1-800-258-3664 or 1-858-675-3555.

Booking limits

For individual tickets, there is a limit of:
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual day session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets in total
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual night session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium night session tickets in total
– 8 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets per session
– 16 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets in total
– 8 Grounds Admission tickets per session
– 16 Grounds Admission tickets in total

There is an 8 ticket limit per account for ticket plans, with the exception of Grandstand where there is a 4 ticket limit per account.

How to order tickets

US Open Tennis

Ticket plans go on sale on Tuesday, May 16, individual tickets on Monday, June 12.

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office

You can buy tickets directly on site. Ticket box office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am. to 5 pm. and Saturdays, 10 am. to 4 pm. The box office is closed Sundays and July 4.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the official ticket partner of the US Open. Ticket plans are on sale here.

Resale

The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. Ticket holders now have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment. Tickets are priced by the listing seller and may be priced above face value.

Photo credit: Chih-Yao Hsu (1), Faberg Tour Experience (2,3), Marianne Bevis (4), Shinya Suzuki (5)

Rafael Nadal wins 1Oth Barcelona title

One week after his 10th Monte Carlo title, Rafael Nadal captured a 10th Barcelona title by beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4 6-1. Next tournament for Rafa: Madrid.

Enjoy a few pictures from the Barcelona final, credit: Banco Sabadell.

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How to buy French Open resale tickets

You didn’t manage to get the tickets you wanted for the upcoming French Open? You’ve got a second chance: the resale tickets.

1. Connect to your Roland Garros account

.. or set one up if needed

2. Click on Order, select a day and court

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

3. Select an offer

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

4. Validate your order

… or select more tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

5. Select additional services

… like parking or food. If you want my two cents: bring your own food and take the metro to get to the stadium.

6. Enter your payment details

How to buy French Open resale tickets

and that’s it. You’ll soon receive a mail with all the details of your order. Don’t forget to assign each ticket to a ticket holder!

If you have any question, feel free to ask below, I’ll do my best to answer.

TennisAid crowdfunding campaign

We already told you about #TennisAid, founded by Martin Rocca and Abel Rincon, that collect sports equipments and offer them to kids living in poor countries.
You can read more about TennisAid’s first trip in Uganda here, also check out Martin’s interview here.

You can now help them fund their new charity projects, all you need to do is take part to their crowdfunding campaign. They just need €200 more to reach their €3,000 goal.

The money will be used to:
– ship sports equipment to other needy countries in which TennisAid is involved such as: Bosnia, Cambodia, children from the Folch i Camarassa shelter in Tarragona, the Tennis and Mental Health group that trains at the RCPolo in Barcelona , Aleksandar Stevanović of Serbia etc
– create merchandising available at www.tennisaid.org
– fund TennisAid’s 2017 project (travel and lodging for 2-3 people for 7 days)

So, like me, support TennisAid!

Tennis Aid

yep that’s me wearing the beautiful TennisAid shirt on sale on tennisaid.org.

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