How to buy Roland Garros 2013 tickets
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 French Open from May 26th to June 9th:
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
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.