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
305 Responses
  1. patrick seidensticker says:

    i see a lot about creating an account – but on the RG website – i cannot find where/how to set up an account. is that option down? help. 🙂

  2. ludmilla says:

    @patrick
    the site is on maintenance mode, you should have done it before. when the site will be up tomorrow it’s top right

  3. ludmilla says:

    @Gerald
    thanks a lot for your help answering the questions, it’s really nice of you!

    @Ligia
    Gerald is totally right, you’re stressing out for nothing. Multi day passes are not sold out, they are not on sale yet! They will be on sale tomorrow.
    By the way, premium packages are totally different things = catering + seats + dedicated gate, entry …

    @Syt
    you can sell your tickets until the day before the match, so you have all your time to sale your tickets. Gerald is right, you’re not allowed to buy more than 4 main court tickets

  4. Ligia says:

    Thank you, Gerald! Now I have a hope! 🙂

  5. patrick seidensticker says:

    i cannot find where / how to create an account on the RG. Am I missing something?

  6. ludmilla says:

    @patrick
    as I said the ticketing site is on maintenance mode. When the site will be up again you will be available to create an account on tickets.rolandgarros.com

  7. Sinead says:

    @patrick
    If you go to the store (on the official page), you can create an account that I believe covers purchases in their store as well as the purchase of tickets. If it doesn’t hopefully you can create an account tomorrow morning (as I also may have to do!)

  8. bh says:

    Hello – does any one know how many matches are played on the last two days of qualifiers? Thanks!

  9. Richard says:

    @patrick and others; if you don’t have account, and if RG ticket site is “under maintenance”, definitely go to the RG store site, https //store.rolandgarros.com/us/ as suggested above and create an account/PW combination; definitely the same as for the ticket site; don’t wait for tomorrow.

  10. Robin says:

    Should you refresh page at 09.59 till 10.00?

  11. Brian says:

    I got “Bad Gateway” errors for the first couple of minutes after 10 am. By the time my place in the queue was up (30+ minutes later), I couldn’t get 2 seats together on 2 June at Phillippe Chatrier or Suzanne Lenglen. Had to get seats for Court No 1 which I am not at all thrilled about. Oh well, I’m sure it will be a great time anyway!

  12. ludmilla says:

    @Brian I got the 502 bad gateway message too at 10, but was able to get in the queue at 10.02 at place 1073.
    At 10.15 Lenglen tickets for May 28 were already sold out.
    I got a big problem at the payment stage, had to do it twice.
    Court 1 is a beautiful court, there’s always a nice atmosphere and you’ll be closer to players.

  13. Tobias says:

    @ludmilla
    I was able to get in the queue at 10.02 as well but i was at place 27.000 and am still waiting.
    How is that possible? Did you refresh the page or just wait ?

  14. ludmilla says:

    I just waited.
    Every year it’s the same, there are always problems

  15. Dan says:

    Hi Tobias,

    I started at place 28,000 and am still waiting. Did you get through? I’m starting to gather that there will be no Lenglen/Chatrier tickets left for days 1-4–the only days I’ll be in Paris.

  16. Tobias says:

    @Dan
    Still waiting. Right now the queue is moving extremely slow.
    I don’t have much hope to get any of the tickets i wanted to get.
    Still don’t know what went wrong…

  17. Dan says:

    thanks for letting me know.

    I’m not sure how much longer I can justify waiting . As you say, it’s extremely slow now—I’m jumping like 5 places per minute. At this rate it will be hours more.

  18. Richard says:

    Got in at 10.03 @#20356 in queue; took approx 70 minutes, logged in at 11.11am; was looking for two Cat 1 tickets in Chartrier for June 1 and June 2 (w Sat the preferred date); started with June 1, found that Cat 1 tickets were already gone, so quickly changed to Lenglen Cat 1; by the time finished that both SL and PC Cat 1 for Sat both sold out. While disappointed didnt get Saturday Chartrier tickets, I had very low expectations of this working (after hearing horror stories of 2 3 hour waits and computer screen and log on crashes); so on balance, pretty happy. Will try to go through RG resell site when available in April; anyone with suggestions and experience on how best to do this would be very welcome. All in all, advice from this site and comments were incredibly helpful. Thank you all.

  19. ludmilla says:

    @Dan You should keep waiting: people will give up, and you’ll jump in the queue

  20. ludmilla says:

    @Richard I guess I was really lucky to be only 1073. Happy to learn the site helped you buy tickets.
    RG resell site is the same, and it’s the same process, you choose date and courts and they display if seats are available. But you’ve got to check out the site regularly to see if anything is available. I’m not sure a lot of people will sell places in April, people often sell at the last minute

  21. Dan says:

    I got in after about a 2.5-hour wait. For me, this is my first French Open and it’s all about seeing Rafa. I put myself in a decent position (though of course it’s not assured) to be able to do that, so I guess I should be thankful. What an ordeal.

    Thank you ludmilla for being such a great resource!

  22. ludmilla says:

    @Dan good, what did you buy? hoping you’ll share your Roland Garros experience next ;o)

  23. Tobias says:

    I took me 2.5 hours as well. Unfortunately almost all tickets for the 1st week were already sold. Only a few cat1 tickets were remaining. So I switched to the 2nd week and got 2 tickets each for monday and wednesday on suzanne lenglen cat2. Because I wanted 2 seats next to each other it’ll be way up in the stands. In the end I’m just happy to go to my first French Open after I had already lost hope.

  24. ludmilla says:

    @Tobias
    Lenglen tickets for Monday 28 were already sold out at 10.20(!), so I bought Chatrier tickets instead.
    Court Suzanne Lenglen is much smaller than Chatrier, so even if you’re high up, you’re still close to action

  25. Louise says:

    I got in around 10 a.m. as no. 27.000 something in line after being met with a bad gateway several times. It took three hours to get to the ticket ordering site. Managed to get tickets for the show courts for two days in a row, only to discover that the tickets for one of the days are on different rows, arrrgh. Well, hope we can resell them and get new tickets seated next to each other in mid-April, will definitely try. Yes, Dan, I totally agree, what an ordeal, feeling all stressed out now.

  26. LR says:

    Hi, thank you for this website, it was really helpful. I was to get into the site around 10:05 and order tickets at 10:30. I ended up creating two accounts.
    I really wanted tickets to Lenglen for the 28th, but they were sold out when I was able to get in. I ended up purchasing 2 Chartier tickets for the 27th and 2 Court 1 tickets for the 28th. On the second account I bought 2 tickets to Lenglen for the 27th. Now I have 4 tickets for the 27th, 2 for Chartier and 2 for Lenglen. There will only be 2 people going. Will I be able to get into the stadium and use all 4 tickets with only 2 people? How do I assign the same name to 2 different tickets for the same day? This will be my first time in Paris and I really want to be able to be in all of the main courts.

  27. ludmilla says:

    @LR
    we discussed that topic before, and I’m not sure it’s possible.

  28. LR says:

    Thank you, I’ll resell the tickets after the schedule is released.

  29. Dan says:

    Hi Ludmilla,

    I bought a smattering of Day 2 and Day 3 tickets on Chatrier and Lenglen. I got one random Cat. 1 on Chatrier but the rest are Cat. 2.

    Of course, I could not get any tickets for Lenglen on Day 2 (May 28). As you informed, they were sold out within 15 minutes. Any idea why? Is it presumed that Rafa is going to play Day 2, Lenglen this year for his 1st round? I can’t understand why that was such a hot commodity.

    Dan

  30. Ligia says:

    Hi Ludmilla and Gerald. I just want to mention that I was successful in buying my tickets to the weekend (june 2 and 3)!! I don’t know exactly at what time I entered, but I was 3.500 of the line! I am really happy! Thanks to your information, I am even closer to fullfil my and my mom’s dream. 🙂

  31. ludmilla says:

    @Dan
    I don’t think that has anything to do with Nadal and in all logic he should play on Chatrier for his first round but Roland Garros schedule is always shit.
    The first Monday always sell out really quickly because (I guess) people take a long weekend and it’s less expensive than day 1. What I don’t understand is why day 1 tickets are so expensive. And mens SF prices are totally insane now.

    @Ligia
    Well done!

  32. Helena says:

    Hi ludmilla!

    I am so thankful for your really helpful information! This site is the best!

    Yesterday, I finally got into R.G.’ s site as number 18.000 but after a long waiting I finally managed to buy some tickets. But now I would like to resell Suzanne Lenglen tickets (categ.1)- May 29th. Do you think it is easy?

  33. ludmilla says:

    @Helena
    Yes, you will have no problem reselling your ticket, but you have to wait until end of April

  34. Helena says:

    Thank you again! I will often check the R.G. site for the dates of reselling process.

  35. Echo says:

    @ludmuilla

    Thanks for your help in answering my previous questions. I successfully got a SF pass (cat2). I was in 7xxx of the queue when i get in and waited for around 45 min.

    I am planning to buy a outside court ticket on 5 June. My question is:
    1. Can I re-enter the main entrance (not the court entrance) after leaving?
    2. Is there any practice schedule release in advance? I hope I can see my fav players practicing.

  36. ludmilla says:

    @Echo Great for you!
    1. no, any exit is final
    2. unfortunately no and due to the all revamping of Roland Garros stadium, players often practice at the Jean Bouin stadium nearby. But if you’re in Paris on May 26, you can attend Kids day and watch lots of players at practice: http://tennis-buzz.com/3-days-at-roland-garros-part-three/

  37. Gerald says:

    Did anyone use 3 tickets on 3 days (2 accounts) for the big courts in the last years? Any problems with the registration with a name for 3 days and the enter?

  38. Hara Kolok says:

    Thank you very much for all the detailed info!
    I would very much appreciate if you could help me with something. I am travelling from Greece and will have only few days I could attend RG (1-4 JUN). To my very disappointment, I discovered that I am late with my research of tickets, the prices for those days are extremely high(e.g. +600eur) via the official site.
    1. is there any way I can book by another trustworthy site?-not via agencies (I googled and found around 200eur)
    2. have I any chance to find tickets later via the official site?
    I just want to learn how this thing works so to understand if there is still hope or not :/
    thank you in advance!!!

  39. Gerald says:

    Mid or and of april there will be a possibility to buy tickets from resell.. only may to watch every day at the rg home to dont miss it… and yes there will be tickets come back but not so many at the begining more some days before the touranment.

  40. Ligia says:

    Hi! I have 3 questions about RG: 1. My mom is aged. Is there preference for elderly people to enter into stadium or she will need to stand in the normal queue? 2. I saw in the website that there are some catering pre-order, which does not seem expensive (10 euro, sandwich+drink+dessert). Do you know whether these prices get higher on the event day? Is it recommendable to buy beforehand? I ask because everyone says that is very expensive there, but in the website seems ok. 3. I saw that tribune Lacoste at Philip Chatrier has cat 1 up to the top (where the other tribune is cat 2). Do you know why these high seats are also cat 1? They have any other benefit? Thank you sooo much!

  41. ludmilla says:

    1. I don’t think so. How old is she?
    2. Bring your own food and a bottle of water you can refill at fountains, read this: https://grandslamgal.com/food-drink-roland-garros/ and this: https://grandslamgal.com/food-roland-garros/
    3. I think view is better from Lacoste, you can see on the map, there is no physical separation between categories 1 and 2 (check out above the Chatrier pic I took from Lacoste stand)

    By the way, what did you buy in the end?

  42. Ligia says:

    Ludmilla, thank you again for you help. My asnwers: 1. She is 63, but she has spine problems and cannot stand for long periods. 2. thank you so much for the tips!!. 3. The website put me at Lacoste as the “best seat” available and, in the rush, I tried not to change the seats because I was afraid to lose time for buying the tickets. However, I saw that my seats are high and seem to be equivalent to cat 2 in the other tribunes. That’s why I would like to know why these high seats are considered cat 1 and good seats, if they are so high (I expected lower seats when I bought cat 1). I thougt about that the view must be good or that the sun disturbs less in these seats, something like that…rs… Best!

  43. Gerald says:

    New chance

    04/18 retournd ticket offert
    05/03 last new tickets will be sold

  44. Helena says:

    Hi,

    What do you mean Gerand? Tomorrow the resaling process starts?

  45. Gerald says:

    Fans who dont want or net there tickets can sell these tickets tomorrow… so if you are fast you can buy tickets from toworrow till the tournament starts.

  46. Helena says:

    Τhank you for your answer..

    I asked you because I want to sell 2 tickets that I had bought in March.

  47. Gerald says:

    Tomorrow you can, the money you get back after the touranement thats the only „bad“ thing.

  48. Helena says:

    Yea, I see…thank you again for your response!

  49. Gerald says:

    Since today its possible to print the e-ticket. Knows anyone if its a must be that when you have two tickets one ticket holder is the buyer? Its is ok wenn (a) is the buyer and the ticket holder a (b) and (c) also different persons?

  50. ludmilla says:

    I don’t think one of the ticket holder has to be the buyer.
    Just try, you can change multiple times until the tournament starts.

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