You’re heading to Roland Garros this year? Check out this FAQ:
Two different types of evening tickets are also released for online sale one day in advance. The “Outside Courts Ticket” gives access to the outside courts from 3:00 pm, while the “Evening Visitors Pack” allows you to queue for a chance to obtain a seat in one of the three main courts after 5:00 pm, depending on availability.
The easiest way to get to Roland Garros is by public transport.
Line 10 : Gare d’Austerlitz-Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud
• porte d’Auteuil Station: this station is the closest to Gate B – Mousquetaires, the biggest gate into the Grounds.
• Boulogne-Jean-Jaurès Station: this station is nearest to boulevard d’Auteuil where the least congested gates are located: Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen, Gate K and Gate L. Waiting time is often less than 5 minutes.
Line 9 : Mairie de Montreuil – Pont de Sèvres
• Michel-Ange-Auteuil Station
• Michel-Ange-Molitor Station
Lines 22, 32, 52, 62, 72, 123, 241.
Shuttle buses are also available for the duration of the tourmanent to transport ticketed passengers to and from the stadium.
The schedule of play is released each evening and is posted on the official website as soon as it is made available. It’s handy to have a printed version so that you can see who is playing on what court and in what order.
It is also displayed next to the big screens on Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court number 1.
In the early rounds of the tournament, practice courts are the best place to get an up-close look at the top players.
Autograph sessions with top players are also held daily at the RG LAB 2050, located at the top of the Allée Suzanne Lenglen – Gate W.
Good question. Sometimes they put it on twitter but usually practice has already finished when they take time to tweet it. Don’t bother asking a steward, much of the time they don’t know or they don’t want to say and more often than not they have no clue of what’s going on.
So, arrive early, wander around the grounds, and ask a Spanish, Swiss, Serbian fan, or a TV crew, they probably know where and when Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and co practice.
Yes, and you should of course, because food in the stadium is overpriced – about 3 euros for a Pepsi Can – , not so good quality and queues are long.
There are lots of bakeries, fast food places, and a large Monoprix on the rue d’Auteuil where you can buy sandwiches, drinks…
Red clay is a complex mixture of several materials. The playing surface on each court is composed of a 8cm layer of sand, a 15cm layer of volcanic rock, a 8cm layer of limestone. It is topped off with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust. The crushed red brick is pressed into the limestone and drenched in water. This process is repeated until a thin compact layer of clay coats each court.
Roland Garros doesn’t have any courts with roofs, so when it rains, play stops. There isn’t a lot of covered space to hide. To kill time you could visit the stands and boutiques, take part in the activities at the RG LAB 2050 or have a break at Les Jardins de Roland Garros restaurant.
If play has lasted less than two hours over the entire day, you may be eligible for a refund.
Nadal broke Borg’s record last year and won his 7th French Open title in 8 years. As long as he’s healthy he’s the favorite on his beloved red clay. Other contenders are the usual suspects: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
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.
Previously known as Benny Berthet Day, Roland Garros Kids Day is a charity event, devoted to fund raising for charitable organisations. 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!
A giant screen deployed at Paris City Hall will be broadcasting the major matches from the 2013 French Open.
Location: Esplanade de L’Hotel de Ville, Metro Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11)
Not a tennis player, but a French national hero who perished in World War I. Roland Garros was a pioneer aviator who made the first solo flight across the Mediterranean Sea. He was killed in aerial combat in 1918.
Hope it helped prepare your day at Roland Garros. If you have any question, leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer.
The european clay court season has just begun this week but Roland Garros is already around the corner: the qualifications start in exactly one month.
I’ll be onsite the first week, covering the tournament for Tennis Buzz but also guest posting for Grand Slam Gal. Crossing my fingers for good weather!
Finalists at Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be once again the two big favorites at Roland Garros: Rafa will look to secure a 8th French Open and Novak will try to complete a career Grand Slam.