Court Philippe Chatrier

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.

Roland Garros 2013 men's winner?

  • Rafael Nadal (49%, 91 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (26%, 48 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (17%, 31 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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The women’s draw is more open: Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Sam Stosur are the main contenders.

Roland Garros 2013 women's winner?

  • Serena Williams (41%, 66 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (35%, 56 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Li Na (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Agniezska Radwanska (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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This 2013 edition will also mark the 30th anniversary of Yannick Noah victory. Since 1983 only one French player reached the men’s singles final: Henri Leconte in 1988.

Which French player has the best chance to win RG 2013?

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (66%, 56 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (21%, 18 Votes)
  • Benoit Paire (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Gilles Simon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Paul Henri Mathieu (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jérémy Chardy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Julien Benneteau (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Llodra (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

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The Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website allows you to buy or resell tickets until the event date.

To purchase tickets on Viagogo:
– create an account on
– 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.

To sell tickets on Viagogo:
– create an account on
– enter the details of the ticket(s) you want to sell, including the unique ticket number
– the sale price will automatically populate as the face value of the ticket
– when someone buys your ticket, the ticket is transferred and the buyer is sent a new electronic ticket
– you get paid.

For more info on Roland Garros tickets, please read: How to buy Roland Garros 2013 tickets.
Post a comment if you have any question and I’ll try to answer.

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 events

The French Open from May 26th to June 9th:

Jo Wilfried Tsonga

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!

Nadal and co

Wheelchair tennis:

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.

Sharon Walraven

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.

Pat Cash

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

Individual tickets:

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.)

Evening visitors:

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
– 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
– 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.

adidas launches adidas by Stella McCartney barricade at the Australian Open as the first chapter of the 2013 adidas women’s campaign to be launched in March.

Highlights of the adidas by Stella McCartney barricade range include a Tank and Skirt combination in White and Run Yellow for the Australian Open, and White and Legend Blue for French Open, with feminine colour blocking and sharp pleats.
Caroline Wozniacki will play in an all-in-one Dress in Run Yellow/White at the Australian Open and a feminine Fresh Blue/White Dress with lingerie inspired straps at the French Open, both incorporating sheer mesh and layering in designs exclusive to her over the course of the tournaments.

Each style in the collection uses ClimaLITE® technology in specially placed mesh zones for maximum ventilation on court, ensuring their body temperature is at optimum level even during the most intense rally.

Caroline Wozniacki‘s Australian Open outfit:

Andrea Petkovic‘s French Open outfit:

Prices range from 55 Euro for the adidas by Stella McCartney barricade Tank and Skirt Andrea Petkovic and other players will wear, 110 Euro for Caroline’s Wozniacki’s Dress and 130 Euro for the adidas adipower barricade footwear.

The new range will be available at tennis key retailers, online tennis and sport specialists as well as at the adidas by Stella McCartney flagship store in Brompton Cross, London. The range is also available at

Since 1980, a different artist has been commissioned each year to design an official poster to celebrate Roland Garros.

The French Tennis Federation has unveiled the official poster designed by British artist David Nash, for the 2013 French Open tennis tournament that will be played from May 27 to June 9, 2013.

A 5 year old would do better…