Roland Garros 2016

How to buy French Open tickets

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 – 21 to 25 May 2018

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 last year’s qualifyings 3 days at Roland Garros: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more).

Roland Garros Kids’ Day – 26 May 2018

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 – 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.

Legends Trophy – 5 to 10 June 2018

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 and can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

Wheelchair tennis tournament – 7 to 9 June 2018

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, 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.

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 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 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

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.

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 7. More details on the official website.

Booking limits

– 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

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 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

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

Read also:
Roland Garros FAQs
How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets
How to get last minute Roland Garros tickets

Comments
333 Responses
  1. Andrei says:

    Hello,

    The finals pass is more expensive then 4th an 5th tickets bought separately. Do you know why is that? Thanks

  2. ludmilla says:

    Finals tickets sell out really really fast. It’s nearly impossible to buy separately tickets for both finals in the same category. It’s rare to have tickets for tboth finals, so you pay more for a pack.

  3. Angel says:

    Hi guys, if you buy outside court tickets the day of the final for roland garros do you get any exposure at all to the game itself? Is it possible to get close to the main court and perhsps take a picture from one of the gates?

  4. ludmilla says:

    Hi Angel. No, you can just watch the match on the big screen.

  5. Angel says:

    But is the lenglen court surrounded by a different level of security for those without a ticket? In 2002 I had a ground pass and I could get close to the gates … I just want to get a picture of the action from the gate since I dont have seated tickets

  6. ludmilla says:

    You have ground passes for Sunday 5?
    If so, the final of the Trophée des Légendes takes place on Court Lenglen, so you will have access to the Lenglen with your ticket.

  7. Angel says:

    Great thanks

  8. tnsfan says:

    hi. i have a show court ticket on june 3 for the semis. can i access the outside courts that day only or can i also catch the mens final on screen?

  9. ludmilla says:

    @tnsfan, you only have access for June 3

  10. Rishabh says:

    Hi , Is there any way to get 1 ticket for court Philiipe Chatrier on Sunday the 29th ? Thanks

  11. simon says:

    Hi there if i paid for 2 semi final tickets on the resale site for me and a friend it wont let me buy another pair for the final as there is a limit of 2 tickets for june 3rd and 5th combined

    However if my friend on his ticket account buys two tickets for the final are we allowed to go on both days considering our names are both on the ticket for june 3rd, june 5th?

    thanks

  12. ludmilla says:

    @simon yes you can, the limit concerns the buyer. so you can buy 2tickets for the semis, your friend can buy two tickets for the final.

  13. simon says:

    @ludmilla so if roland garros sees the same two people for mens semis and mens final it isnt an issue?

    also what are the chances the mens semis is not on the friday 3rd june and everything is shifted one day, so mens final on the monday? and mens semis on the saturday?

  14. ludmilla says:

    @simon why would it be an issue? booking limits are in place to prevent people to buy tickets in mass and resale them at higher prices. you buy 2 tickets, your friend 2 tickets too, that’s it.

    weather should be better, RG officials will do everything to play mens final on Sunday

  15. vincent says:

    Hi,

    I’m official agent selling corporate vip if you need any thing for 2016 please fell free to call me
    Just VIP solutions… i ‘m NOT selling tickets only

    Vincent Paolini 00 33 6 12 97 86 62

  16. Flo says:

    Hello,
    Which tickets should I purchase for the highest likelihood of seeing Federer play? Which day and which court?
    Thank you

  17. ludmilla says:

    @flo, tough to say so many months in advance! Are you even sure he will play?
    Usually he plays on Chatrier. Which day? It will depend on his ranking and which half of the draw he is.

  18. Louis Wang says:

    Do you know when tickets for 2017 will go on sale to the general public?

  19. ludmilla says:

    @Louis it has not been announced yet

  20. Tiffany says:

    Hi, are tickets for Roland Garros 2017 on sale yet? If so, how do I purchase them?

  21. ludmilla says:

    @Tiffany no, not before February-March.

  22. Natalia says:

    Hi, the multi-day passes are put to sale the same day as single tickets? Is that no before february-march? Thanks!

  23. ludmilla says:

    @Natalia yes, on the same day.

  24. Tanya says:

    Sorry maybe I am stupid but are you talking about booking these tickets a couple of months in advance or 14m in advance? So do I do this in March/April on the RG website in 2017 for 2017 tix – or is it for the following year?

  25. ludmilla says:

    @Tanya March 2017 for Roland Garros 2017 ;o)

  26. Jen says:

    Hi I’m interested in buying tickets for the men’s final on 11 June 2017.
    Will the RG website announce when ticket sales will start? From what I read on the Internet, it’s usually late March?

    Is there any restriction on the nationality of ticket buyers? Because I don’t live in France.

    One of the ticketing sites had a seating plan showing an “official foreign public tickets” section, which was strange.
    http://www.tours4tennis.com/roland-garros/pack-open-individual-tickets ( click on seating chart )
    Does this mean anything or is it a mistake?

    Thank you. 🙂

  27. spyros says:

    sales opening for the public for single tickets for 2017 RG 22 March 2017 at 10:00.
    what time do I have to log in to buy tickets???
    THANKS!!

  28. ludmilla says:

    @Jen: sale opens March 22 2017. There are no restriction on nationality.
    Concerning your link, Steve Furgal is an official agency for United States. That means they can legally sell Roland Garros tickets and hospitaliity packages for US residents. I guess tickets they sell are in specific sections of the stadium.

    @spyros usually Roland Garros website is put on maintenance mode the night before until the opening of the sale, so usually you can log in around 10.

    Hoping my answers helped you

  29. spyros says:

    you mean 10 ,the night before the opening of the sale??

    THANKS!!!!!

  30. ludmilla says:

    @spyros no, the sale opens at 10 in the morning, usually you can log in at 10 in the morning, or a few minutes before, because before, the site is on maintenance mode.

  31. spyros says:

    THANKS!!!
    You are VERY VERY helpful !!!!!

  32. APak says:

    Hi,

    What is the best way to be guaranteed to see Nadal play? Also, is there a practice schedule that is published ahead of time?

    Thanks.

  33. ludmilla says:

    @APak difficult to say when Nadal will play. It depends on his ranking, his draw.. The practice schedule is not published.

  34. Bjayne says:

    Hi, hoping to buy tickets for men’s semi final or final for three people. I find all the information re pricing etc a bit confusing so find it difficult to determine how much tickets might be. They are for a gift so I am keen to confirm that they won’t be overly expensive and stay within our budget. Can you give me an idea what price they would normally be approximately? Thanks.

  35. Akash says:

    My wife and I are planning to attend Round 1 and 2. We have a two year old daughter. Any idea if there are restrictions on children being allowed inside the stadia or the central courts?

  36. ludmilla says:

    Hi Akash,

    Access to the Stadium is free for children under six years old. A bracelet will be given before the access. It does not allow to a reserved seat.

    In my opinion it’s a really bad idea to bring your 2-year old to Roland Garros

  37. Javier says:

    Hi, if you buy a ticket for PHILIPPE-CHATRIER or SUZANNE-LENGLEN Court, do you have free access for the oputside courts, or you need to buy a ticket separately for that?

    Thank you

  38. Rab says:

    Hi, Can you please tell me how you know which court to buy tickets for if you want to see a specific player in the early rounds?

    Thanks.

  39. ludmilla says:

    @Javier yes you have free access to outside courts but no allocated seat

  40. ludmilla says:

    @Rab you have no way to know it. In the early rounds top 4 players play usually on court Chatrier and at least once on Suzanne Lenglen. But last year for example, Murray played two rounds in a row on Lenglen.

  41. Diana says:

    i am planning on going saturday and sunday 3rd and 4th, would you buy tickets for COURT PHILIPPE-CHATRIER or COURT SUZANNE-LENGLEN?

  42. ludmilla says:

    Hi Diana, it depends on a few different factors. Is it your first time at Roland Garros?
    Court Chatrier is bigger and usually the big 4 play there. Court Lenglen is smaller and you feel closer to the action.

  43. Christiaan Peyper says:

    Hi, now that Federer has won the Australian open and has moved up a few places in the ranking, which day and which court would you book to see him play in the first round. (I’m only in Paris until the 30th of May) Thanks in advance 🙂

  44. Sanket says:

    Hi.
    I am planning to visit Rolang Garros this year and i wish to see only Nadal.
    As far as i understand, there is no way to know which court will he play and when.
    If i am planning to watch the second or the third round, what is the possibility of me getting the tickets once the schedule of play has been announced?
    PS- I am travelling all the way from India to see Rafa play.

  45. ludmilla says:

    @Christiaan the last few years Federer played his first round match on court Chatrier on the first Sunday. I’m pretty sure he’ll play his first round on Chatrier.

  46. ludmilla says:

    @Sanket you’ll have to buy resale tickets if you want to wait for the draw. I never bought resale tickets, so I can’t really give you any advice.

  47. honguan says:

    Looking at the French Open website, it separates semifinal 1 and semifinal 2 on 9 June into 2, with ticket prices at 70 Euros. Does that mean that if I want to watch both men’s semifinals, I will need to pay 140 Euros? Cheers!

  48. ludmilla says:

    @honguan yes

  49. Timothy says:

    Is there a site where the prices are published by date?

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