Roland Garros court Philippe Chatrier

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Except for qualifiers, 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.

Keep in mind there are only 3 ways to (legally) buy tickets:
– the official Roland Garros website
– the Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website
– official French Open agencies that propose exclusively VIP tickets and corporate hospitality offers. You can find the complete list here.

The events

Maria Sharapova

Qualifiers – 19 to 22 May

Tickets for the stadium during the qualifiers give the bearer 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 Kids’ Day – 23 May

Roland Garros Kids’ Day is a charity event, devoted to fund raising for charitable organisations. On Kids’ Day, exhibition matches are scheduled on the three main courts, with plenty of other activities and practice sessions on the other courts and throughout the stadium.

French Open – 24 May to 7 June

Follow our Roland Garros 2015 coverage on Tennis Buzz.

Legends Trophy

The Legends Trophy (Trophée des Légendes) brings together twenty-four of history’s greatest champions, grouped according to age in the two men’s draws, and twelve former women’s tennis stars. Matches are played on court 1 and court Suzanne Lenglen during the second week of the French Open.

Wheelchair tennis tournament

The wheelchair tennis tournament is held on courts 7, 9 and 11 during the second week of the French Open. All wheelchair tennis matches can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

The courts

Court Philippe Chatrier

Tickets for show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, court number one) 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.

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.

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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 celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the divine one) by the French press.

Court Suzanne Lenglen Roland Garros

Court One

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.

Court 1 Roland Garros

Outside courts

Courts 2, 3 and 7 are the main 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.

The tickets

Nadal vs Djokovic

Individual tickets

Individual all day tickets: Allow access to outside courts and the show court of your choice.

Evening Visitors from 24 May to 1 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.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. Packs available:
– qualifying 4 days passes
– week end: Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May
– semifinals: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June
– finals: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June

VIP packages

All VIP packages include one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen and dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels … More details on the official website.

How to order tickets

Carlos Moya

Roland Garros website

Ticket sales open to the general public on March 11th. 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.

Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website

From April, you can also purchase and resell tickets via the Viagogo ticket exchange. You can buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their avalaibility.

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 are usually on sale around 7am (GMT+1)
– 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 the exchange ticket website (see below) or the evening visitors.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here, I’ll try to answer the best I can.

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Pete Sampras

The second-ever World Tennis Day took place on Monday 3 March 2014. World Tennis Day aims to promote tennis and increase participation among players around the globe, and this year’s celebrations were centred around exhibitions featuring Grand Slam or Davis Cup champions, on three different continents:
Li Na vs Sam Stosur and Tomas Berdych vs Lleyton Hewitt in Hong Kong
Pat Cash vs Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras in London
Bob and Mike Bryan vs John and Patrick McEnroe, and Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic in New York

For the first time this year an event was organized in London, and obviously I couldn’t miss that! Read my recap below and stay tuned for more pics and videos.

Cardio tennis demo

To start the evening, a demo of cardio tennis, a group fitness activity featuring fast paced drills and games. It combines the best features of tennis with cardiovascular exercise.
It does not require tennis skills, but is all about keeping your heart rate up, burning calories and having fun. The main purpose is to get fit.

Cardio tennis

Cardio tennis

Ivan Lendl vs Pat Cash

First highlight of the evening, the one-set match between 9-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl and Wimbledon 1987 champion Pat Cash.

The Ivan Lendl from today is really different from the somewhat cold and robotic player he was back in the days. Believe me or not, Lendl was the real entertainer of the event, he kept talking and joking with the crowd and his opponent.

Ivan Lendl to Pat Cash:

Are you ok? I am supposed to be the old guy!

Cash attacked the net and Lendl demonstrated his back-court skills: drop shots, passing shots and powerful backhands. The Australian took the set 8-6.

Pat Cash, Andrew Castle, Ivan Lendl and Jonathan Ross:

Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

Below, Ivan Lendl being interviewed by fellow legend Mats Wilander:

Ivan Lendl

ITHF rings ceremony

The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced on Monday, newly elected Hall of Famers are: three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, wheelchair tennis pioneer Chantal Vandierendonck, former USTA President Jane Brown Grimes, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri and the “voice of Wimbledon”, John Barrett.
Chantal Vandierendonck and John Barrett were in attendance in London and were honored in a special ceremony.
One of the early stars of wheelchair tennis, Chantal Vandierendonck was the Esther Vergeer of the 90’s: she was the first Wheelchair Tennis World Champion in 1991, she won seven US Open and five Paralympic medals. She is the first Dutch tennis player to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
A former British Davis Cup captain, John Barrett was the “Voice of Wimbledon” on the BBC from 1971-06. His wife, former top-ranked player Angela Mortimer Barrett, was inducted into the Hall in 1993. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are the only other married couple in the ITHF.

Shown below: ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser, Vice Chairman of the Nomination commitee Ingrid Lofdahl Bentzer, Chantal Vandierendonck and John Barrett.

Chantal Vandierendonck with John Barrett

They were then joined on court by Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi who received Hall of Fame rings.

Said Christopher Clouser:

“These one-of-a-kind rings are a symbol of all that they have accomplished and their legacy in the sport.”

Ivan Lendl

Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi

Gordon Reid vs Marc McCarroll

Next, British wheelchair tennis players Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll took to the court to play a championship tie-break. World number 3 Reid won easily 8-3 over world number 12 McCarroll.

Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis. Except the ball is allowed to bounce twice. The second bounce can be either inside or outside the court boundaries.

If you get the opportunity, don’t hesitate to go watch some wheelchair tennis, it is highly entertaining. You can read here and here about my day at the London Paralympics in 2012.

Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid and Marc McCarroll

Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras

And finally, the match everyone was waiting for: Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras.
With contrasting styles and temperaments, they played each other 34 times from 1989 through 2002, with Sampras winning 20 of their matches. They played some memorable matches like the 2001 US Open quaterfinal, 2002 US Open final. Their rivalry was the Nadal-Federer of the 90’s.

Of the four Grand Slam champions that played that evening, Pete Sampras was the only player I had never watch playing live before, and I enjoyed watching his smooth serves and volleys.
Sampras struggled a bit at the beginning but from what he said after the match, he doesn’t play much tennis these days. I guess it’s easier to find back your rythm when you play from the baseline than when you play serve and volley.
Agassi took the match 6-3 7-6 on a Sampras double fault.

There was not much interaction with the crowd and despite what they said it’s obvious these guys will never be friends, they just tollerate each other.

Pete Sampras, Elaine Paige and Andre Agassi:

Pete Sampras, Elaine Paige, Andre Agassi

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Sampras and Agassi lap of honor:

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi

Despite the (really) high price of the ticket I really enjoyed this evening of tennis featuring four tennis legends. A suggestion for next year: what about Rafter-Ivanisevic and Becker-Edberg matches?

More pics and videos of the matches Cash-Lendl and Agassi-Sampras:

Roland Garros

Except for qualifiers, 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.

The events

Rafael Nadal

Qualifiers – 20 to 23 May

Tickets for the stadium during the qualifiers give the bearer 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 Kids’ Day – 24 May

Roland Garros Kids’ Day is a charity event, devoted to fund raising for charitable organisations. On Kids’ Day, exhibition matches are scheduled on the three main courts, with plenty of other activities and practice sessions on the other courts and throughout the stadium.

French Open – 25 May to 8 June

Follow our 2014 French Open coverage on Tennis Buzz.

Legends Trophy

The Legends Trophy (Trophée des Légendes) brings together twenty-four of history’s greatest champions, grouped according to age in the two men’s draws, and twelve former women’s tennis stars. It is a great opportunity to watch some former champions play in a friendly and funny atmosphere.
Matches are played on court 1 and court Suzanne Lenglen during the second week of the French Open.

Wheelchair tennis tournament

The wheelchair tennis tournament is held on courts 7, 9 and 11 during the second week of the French Open.
All wheelchair tennis matches can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

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 celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the divine one) by the French press.

Court One

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.

Outside courts

Courts 2, 3 and 7 are the main 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 (check out my pics of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur at practice).

Tickets for courts Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and one give access to the outside courts. On main show 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.

The tickets

Serena Williams

Individual tickets

3 types of individual tickets are available:

Individual all day tickets

Evening Visitors from 25 May to 1 June: Tickets to one of the show courts from 5pm.
– book your evening ticket online from 5pm the day before your visit.
– come to the ticket office at Gate B – Mousquetaires the day of your visit.

Afternoon visitors from 25 May to 1 June: Tickets to the outside courts and all the public areas from 3pm.
– book your afternoon ticket online from 3pm the day before your visit
– come to the Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen the day of your visit
– enter the Grounds directly from 3pm.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. Packs available:
– qualifying 2 and 4 days passes
– week end: Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June
– first week: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 1 June
– second week: Monday 2 to Sunday 8 June
– semifinals: Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June
– finals: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June

VIP packages

All VIP packages include:
– one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen, in category Loge, 1 or 2
– dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels …

VIP packages are on sale since January 15th. All the details here.

How to order tickets

There are only 3 ways to (legally) buy tickets:
– the official Roland Garros website
– the Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket 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 12th. 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.

– create an account on rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com
– choose your event (French Open, Qualifyings, Roland Garros Kids Day, Evening visitors, Wheelchair tennis tournament, Perrier Legends Trophy)
– choose your offer (Packs or Individual tickets)
– select the court and date of your choice
– when you have selected all your tickets, enter your payment details

You will then receive an email confirmation with all the details to retrieve you e-tickets.
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.

Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website

From April, you can also purchase and resell tickets via the Roland-Garros / Viagogo ticket exchange. You can buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their avalaibility.
To purchase tickets on Viagogo:
– create an account on viagogo.fr/rolandgarros
– once you have logged in, a list of events will appear
– choose your tickets
– enter the holder’s name for each ticket: you can’t change holder’s name once the order has been confirmed
– enter your payment details

You will then receive an email confirmation with all the details to retrieve your e-tickets.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here, I’ll try to answer the best I can.

Esther Vergeer retires

I’m hugely proud of my performances, my titles, and can look back on my career with a great feeling. Keeping going would not add anything.

Esther Vergeer is the most successful wheelchair tennis player in history and owns one of the longest streak ever in world sport.
Vergeer won the women’s singles gold at four straight Paralympics (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012). She also won 21 Grand Slam singles titles, 23 Grand Slam doubles titles, three Paralympic doubles gold medals and a silver. Overall, she won 148 singles titles and 136 in doubles.
She won 470 matches in a row, the last time she lost a match was to Daniele di Toro in Sydney on Jan. 30, 2003.

I was lucky to watch her playing at Roland Garros in 2011

Esther Vergeer

Esther Vergeer

and at the London Paralympics last year:

Esther Vergeer

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Update: find out how to buy tickets for Roland Garros 2014

There are only 3 ways to (legally) buy tickets:
– the official Roland Garros website
– the Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website
– official French Open agencies that propose exclusively VIP tickets and corporate hospitality offers. You can find the complete list here.

Only one order is allowed per person over the entire tournament, including for the Qualifications and for the Roland-Garros Kids’ Day. So you better prepare before ordering your tickets.
Let’s have a look first at all the Roland Garros events.

The events

The French Open from May 26th to June 9th:

Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Qualifiers from 21st to 24th May:

Tickets are available via Roland Garros ticket website. It is also possible to purchase tickets the day of the event from the ticket offices positioned at the entrance to the Grounds. Packs for two consecutive days and a Pack for the entire four days are also available, offering you a better rate than tickets bought separately.

Roland Garros Kids Day, May 25th:

On the eve of the tounament’s opening day, tennis stars are invited to take part in one set exhibition matches. So, for 20 euros, you can watch some of the top players in action and help a good cause!

Nadal and co

Wheelchair tennis:

The wheelchair tennis tournament is held on courts 7, 9 and 11.
All wheelchair tennis matches can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

Sharon Walraven

Perrier Legends Trophy:

This doubles tournaments with legends like John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Martina Navratilova takes place in the second week of Roland Garros.
Tickets also provide access to the outside courts where spectators can watch junior matches as well as the wheelchair tennis tournament.

Pat Cash

We’re all going to the final:

It allows you to follow the finals on a specially-installed giant screen on Court No.1

French Open Individual tickets and Packs

Individual tickets:

There are 4 types of tickets available:
Court Philippe Chatrier + outside courts: 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.
Mens and womens singles semifinals and finals are played on this court.

Court Suzanne Lenglen + outside courts: 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 celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the divine one) by the French press.

– Court One + outside courts: the Court number 1 – 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.

– Outside courts: these tickets give access to the outside courts but no show courts. Courts 2, 3 and 7 are the main 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 (check out my pics of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur at practice).

On main show 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.

Check out my guided tour recap for more infos on courts Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and number one.

Packs:

By purchasing your tickets in Packs, you may benefit from both reduced ticket prices and access to the best seats. You also have the possibility of reserving with specific offers (VIP welcome, exclusive access to the bar and restaurant, etc.)

Evening visitors:

During the first week of the tournament, the ‘Evening Visitors’ offer gives spectators the chance of coming along for the last matches of the day at a reduced price, depending on the seats that have become available during the day.
Two offers are proposed: the Evening Visitors Pack (access to one of the main show courts from 5pm) and the 3pm Outside Courts Ticket (access solely to the outside courts from 3pm).

How to order on Roland Garros website

Ticket sales open to the general public from February 13th

– create an account on rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com/
– choose your event (French Open, Qualifyings, Roland Garros Kids Day, Evening visitors, Wheelchair tennis tournament, Perrier Legends Trophy or We’re all going to the final)
– choose your offer (Packs or Individual tickets)
– select the court and date of your choice
– if you want to buy more tickets, continue your purchase
– when you have selected all your tickets, enter your payment details
and that’s it. You will then receive an email confirmation with all the details to retrieve you e-tickets.

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.
Don’t forget: no ID, no entry!

A few 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: for example, if you book a week pass, you can’t order any of the show court ticket.
– the day before the sale, the website will be in maintenance mode
– no need to try to log in at midnight on the first day, tickets are usually on sale around 7am (GMT+1)
– don’t refresh your browser page, you would only lose your place in the queue
– Nadal, Federer and Djokovic never play on the first Sunday.
– if you didn’t get the tickets you wanted, try the exchange ticket website (see below) or the evening visitors.

Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website

From April, you can also reserve tickets via the Roland-Garros / Viagogo ticket exchange, which enables the secure re-sale of tickets at their original value. You can buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their avalaibility.

To purchase tickets on Viagogo:
– create an account on viagogo.fr/rolandgarros
– once you have logged in, a list of events will appear
– choose your tickets
– enter the holder’s name for each ticket: you can’t change holder’s name once the order has been confirmed
– enter your payment details
and that’s it. You will then receive an email confirmation with all the details to retrieve your e-tickets.

Enjoy your day at Roland Garros! And don’t forget your ID: no ID, no entry.