Roland Garros 2016

How to buy French Open tickets

UPDATE: Roland Garros will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020. More infos as soon as possible.

Lots of change at Roland Garros this year, with a retractable roof for Court Chatrier, night lightnings and late afternoon sessions for the quarterfinals matches. Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets for Roland Garros, the second Slam of the season. If you have any question, feel free to ask below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

Serena Williams, Roland Garros 2015

Qualifyings – 18 to 22 May 2020

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. (Check out my report from the 2017 qualifyings: 3 days at Roland Garros: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more).

Roland Garros Kids’ Day – 23 May 2020

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 2020

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.  

Legends Trophy – 2 to 7 June 2020

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 during the second week of the French Open and can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

Wheelchair tennis tournament – 4 to 6 June 2020

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

Check out the provisional schedule.

The courts

Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros 2015
Tickets for show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, Simonne Mathieu) give you a reserved seat on one of the three main courts and access to the outside courts; there is no allocated seat on the outside courts, seating is on a first come first served basis.

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.
New this year: Court Chatrier has finally a roof (!) and night lightnings. All quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are played on Chatrier.

Court Philippe Chatrier

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

Court Simonne Mathieu

Court Simonne Mathieu replaces the “Bullring” court number one. Semi-sunken and surrounded by four greenhouses which will contain flora from four different continents, this new court is the venue’s third show court (5,000 seats). The Allée des Serres will link the new court to the historic site and provide an area for spectators to relax and stroll.

Court Simonne Mathieu

Outside courts

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.

The tickets

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2015

Individual tickets

Single all day tickets: Allow a reserved seat on one of the show courts (Chatrier, Lenglen and Mathieu) and/or unlimited access to the outside courts. From €34 to €325.

For the men’s semifinals, tickets are purchased per semi-final. You will need two tickets if you wish to attend both semi-finals.
New this year: all quarterfinals are played on Court Chatrier and are purchased by session. Quarterfinals are played over 2 days, on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3, each day there will be 1 session from 12pm (1 ladies’ single, 1 gentlemen single) and 1 session from 5pm (1 ladies’ single, 1 gentlemen single).

Check out all the prices here.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes available:
– qualifyings: Monday 18 to Friday 22, €70
– week end: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May. From €213 for 2 days on Lenglen, from €250 on Chatrier.
– semifinals: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June. From €275.
– finals: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June. From €305.

Premium packages

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 4. More details on the official website.

Booking limits

– 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

How to order tickets

Court Chatrier, Roland Garros 2015

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 25. 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 end of April, you can also resell tickets via Roland Garros website and buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability.

Last minute tickets will be put on sale on 6 May.

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
– 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 in April

If you manage to get tickets and want to share your pictures and stories on Tennis Buzz, please leave a comment below.

420 Responses
  1. sanjana ananth says:

    hi sir, pl can you advise,why are they selling tickets for ‘outsidecourts’ on semifinals &finals when there is going to eb no play there? sanjana

  2. ludmilla says:

    @pramod There are no evening sessions. Matches start at 11, there are 4 matches on Chatrier. In anycase, play stops around 9.30 because of low light

    @sanjana There are some matches played on outside courts on semifinals and finals days/ Check out the schedule here:

  3. Abby says:


    Why there is no limit for kids day and now they are sold out?? 🙁 Where I can get tickets?


  4. eddie says:

    has anyone used the resale service to sell tickets back that you cannot use. I have several tickets to sell and I saw that the money won’t be refunded until the end of June with some “procedure”. You would think that it would be as easy as issuing a credit to my credit card. Had I know all the tickets would be available i would not have purchased outer court tickets just in case i couldn’t get a seat. Seems like more trouble than it is worth.

  5. ludmilla says:

    I have last year and there is absolutely no trouble. It’s an easy process, like a link or two to click.
    If I remember well you will be refund the week after Roland Garros.

  6. Arnie says:

    Have 2 tickets for May 28th, 2019 1st round court Simonnne Mathew Cat 1, great price, who wants

  7. Anna says:

    Hi Eddie – let me know if you have tickets for Saturday June 1st please!

  8. Anna says:

    Any tips on sears for sun side / vs shady side of the court?

  9. ludmilla says:

    For which court?

  10. Mayank says:

    Anybody selling ticket for tomorrow of Suzanne-Lenglen Arena .

  11. ludmilla says:

    You should check out Roland Garros official website

  12. Mayank says:

    I am checking it regularly but it is showing sold out 🙁

  13. Raahul Acharya says:

    Anyone trying to see Nadal on 5/31 I am willing to trade 3 Chatrier tickets (which i have) for langlen tickets let me know.

  14. Khushal says:

    Is there any chance I can get a ticket for the men’s finals now?

  15. ludmilla says:

    Very little chance

  16. Kevin says:

    I want to go to the 2020 Men’s Final. Just me, one ticket. What’s the best way to get that ticket for June 7, 2020? I see some websites selling finals tickets but I’m wondering about my chances if I wait… Thoughts?

    Never been to a French Open – first time but not first time to Paris.

  17. ludmilla says:

    Hi Kevin,
    As explained in the article, but 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. (link in the article)
    So if you just want to buy a ticket, you have no choice: Roland Garros website. Avoid “some websites that sell tickets”.
    Create an account, and on Mars 25 at 10, connect to RG website and queue. From end of April til the tournament, you can try your chance on the resale, and late tickets from May.

  18. Debra says:

    I have 2 questions, please.
    1. What is the best side of Chatrier to sit for NOT having the sun in your eyes too much?
    and 2. Am I right that the reigning champion opens the main part of the tournament on Sunday (the 24th this year) on Chatrier?
    Many thanks

  19. ludmilla says:

    Hi Debra,

    1: If I’m not wrong:
    Tribune Brugnon is North
    Tribune Lacoste is South
    Tribune Borotra is West
    Tribune Cochet is East
    So, depending on the hour of the day… It is quite difficult to have seats in Brugnon and Lacoste.

    2: Short answer: you’re wrong. Long answer: you can’t know until the order of play is announced.
    Let me explain: the defending champion opens the tournament at Wimbledon but not at Roland Garros. In 2019 and 2018 Nadal played on first Monday, not on Sunday. In fact both Nadal and Djokovic played on Monday on Chatrier in 2019. Federer usually plays on Sunday but as he won’t play, who knows…

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