Roland Garros FAQs

Enqvist and Moya, Roland Garros 2014

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How to get Roland Garros tickets?

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.

Read our article How to buy French Open tickets.

When do French Open tickets go on sale?

Ticket sales open to the general public on March 22. Premium packages are available for sale since March 1st.

What do Philippe Chatrier tickets give access to?

Philippe Chatrier tickets give you an allocated seat on court Chatrier, and access to outside courts (no allocated seat).

What do Grounds Passes give access to?

Grounds Passes give you access to all courts except Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, or Court 1. There is no allocated seat, seating is on a first come first served basis.

What is the Roland Garros Kids Day?

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!

How to get to Roland Garros Stadium?

The easiest way to get to Roland Garros is by public transport. The closest subway stations are porte d’Auteuil and Boulogne-Jean-Jaurès on line 10, Michel-Ange-Auteuil and Michel-Ange-Molitor on line 9.
Shuttle buses are also available for the duration of the tourmanent to transport ticketed passengers to and from the stadium.

What should I wear?

Casual wear and comfortable shoes. Take clothing suitable for all conditions and don’t forget a hat, sunglasses but also waterproofs.

May I bring food into the Stadium?

Yes, and you should of course, because food in the stadium is overpriced and lacks variety. You’ll also avoid queues. There are lots of bakeries and supermarket nearby, where you can buy sandwiches, drinks…

May I bring my camera?

Yes, sure. But camera tripods and camera lenses of more than 20 cm are not allowed.

What happens if it rains?

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 museum, or take part in the activities at the RG LAB. If play has lasted less than two hours over the entire day, you may be eligible for a refund.

Where to find the schedule of play?

The schedule of play is released each evening and is posted on the official website as soon as it is made available. It is also displayed next to the big screens on Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court number 1. Grab a free copy of the daily Roland Garros newspaper and have a look at who is playing where.

Who was Roland Garros?

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.

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Roland Garros 2016

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 – 22 to 26 May 2017

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 here).

Roland Garros Kids’ Day – 28 May 2017

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 – 29 May to 11 June 2017

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 Open, there is no night session, only a day session. The provisionnal schedule is available here.

Legends Trophy – 7 to 11 June 2017

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 – 8 to 10 June 2017

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.

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 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.

The tickets

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2015

Individual tickets

Single all day tickets: Allow a reserved seat on one 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 28 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 offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. Packs available:
– qualifyings: Monday 22 to Friday 26 May, €70.
– week end: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June. From €200 for 2 days on Lenglen, from €225 on Chatrier.
– semifinals: Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June. From €225.
– finals: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June. From €270.

Premium packages

All Premium packages include one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen and dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels … 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. Maximum of two for 9 and 11 June combined.
– 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 except for qualifyings, 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 22. 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 April 5, you can also resell tickets via Roland Garros website and buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability.

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 April 13th

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