Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, Wimbledon 1979

Extract from Tennis’s strangest matches by Peter Seddon:

Saturday 7 July 1979 is a date that still sits proudly in the record books for the legendary Californian Billie Jean King, for it was the day she clinched her twentieth Wimbledon title, a feat which even the most recent legend of the ladies’ game, Martina Navratilova, has been unable to match despite repeated ‘final’ efforts to advance beyond 19. [Navratilova since then equalled King’s record of 20 Wimbledon titles in 2003]
Ironically enough it was the then 22-year old Navratilova who helped King clinch the record that day when they paired to win the ladies’ doubles against Betty Stove and Wendy Turnbull in a 5-7 6-3 6-2 victory.

Remarkable as the feat was, the match would struggle to gain admission to the gallery of strangeness but for the events off-court which surrounded it. From there we enter the world of the positively spooky.
It was another Californian, Elizabeth ‘Bunny’ Ryan, whose record 19 Wimbledon titles King had been trying to pass ever since she equalled it with her singles win over Evonne Goolagong in 1975. But try as she might the record eluded her as she drew a blank in 1976, 1977 and 1978, and at age 35 it seemed it might never happen.

Elizabeth Ryan had looked on rather quizzically as each attempt failed. This gutsy grand old lady of the court, once a veritable Amazon but then well into her eighties, had confined to friends that she hoped to take the record to her grave. It was that sort of winning attitude (and a rather good regular partner by the name of Suzanne Lenglen) that had brought her the record, all comprising double wins, between 1914 and 1934. But it was Lenglen too who generally baulked her in the singles, earning miss Ryan, with her robust approach and famous forehand chop, the title of ‘the best player never to win a Wimbledon singles’.

As each year passed, Miss Elizabeth Montague Ryan, born 1892, became quietly convinced that she would never be surpassed. Living in London she was sprightly enough to get to Wimbledon, her spiritual home, whenever she fancied. She was there on Friday 6 July just 24 hours before her record fell, but she wasn’t there the next day to see Billie Jean make history.

The headline in the Guardian simply read ‘A CHAMPION CHAMPION TO THE END’. For, while walking around the grounds of the All England Club during her Friday visit, the 87-year old champion collapsed from a heart attack and died in the ambulance before reaching hospital. She had first fallen ill watching the antics of McEnroe and Fleming during the men’s doubles final, although there was nothing in their rather modern behaviour to establish cause and effect.

In the Guardian obituary David Gray, secretary of the International Tennis Federation, captured the mood succinctly: ‘Miss Ryan died,’ he wrote ‘as she had played – determined not to be beaten.’
Her niece Miss Elizabeth Partridge, meanwhile, gave a gutsy reaction:

‘I’m glad she didn’t live to see Mrs King’s win. It’s good that it’s happened this way. It’s much better for my aunt that way.’

There is never a good time to call it a day but Elizabeth Ryan’s sense of timing was certainly uncanny as the record ‘passed on’ in the strangest way possible.

Serena Williams, Roland Garros 2015

Le guide complet pour vous aider à acheter des billets pour Roland Garros. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à laisser un commentaire, je ferai de mon mieux pour y répondre!

Les événements Roland Garros

Roger Federer

Qualifications du 22 au 26 mai 2017

Les billets permettent l’accès aux courts 6 à 18, sur lesquels se déroulent les matchs de qualification, mais aussi au court Suzanne Lenglen sur lequel les meilleurs joueurs s’entraînent avant le tournoi.

La journée des enfants samedi 28 mai

La traditionnelle journée caritative (anciennement appelée la journée Benny Berthet) a lieu la veille du tournoi. Les trois courts principaux accueillent des matchs exhibitions. Des entraînements et diverses animations sont aussi programmés sur les courts annexes.

Roland Garros du 29 mai au 11 juin

Depuis 2006, le tournoi commence un dimanche, le premier tour s’étale donc sur 3 jours, du dimanche au mardi. Les autres tous se jouent sur 2 jours. Contrairement à l’Open d’Australie et l’US Open, il n’y a pas de session de nuit, uniquement une session journée. Le calendrier prévisionnel est disponible ici.

Trophée des Légendes du 7 au 11 juin

Le Trophée des Légendes rassemble 24 anciennes gloires du tennis (hommes et femmes) qui s’affrontent en double. Les matchs se disputent sur les court Suzanne Lenglen et numéro lors de la deuxième semaine du tournoi.

Tennis en fauteuil

Les matchs du tournoi Tennis en Fauteuil se déroulent sur les courts annexes du 8 au 10 juin.

Les courts

Court Philippe Chatrier

Les billets pour les courts principaux (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, court numéro 1) donnent l’accès aux courts annexes. Les places sont numérotées sur les courts principaux, sur les courts annexes le placement est libre: premier arrivé, premier assis!

Court Philippe Chatrier

Bâti en 1928 pour accueillir la Coupe Davis, il peut accueillir 14 840 spectateurs. Anciennement nommé Court Cental, il a été renommé en 2001 Court Philippe Chatrier, en l’honneur de l’ancien président de la Fédération Internationale de Tennis.

Plan_CourtPC

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Le 2ème court principal, construit en 1994 peut contenir 10 068 spectateurs. Suzanne Lenglen, née en 1899, surnommée La Divine par la presse française, est considérée comme la première star internationale du tennis.

Court Suzanne Lenglen Roland Garros

Court numéro un

Surnommé l’arène en raison de sa forme circulaire, le court 1 (3 800 places) sera malheureusement détruit dans le cadre des travaux de modernisation du stade.

Court 1 Roland Garros

Courts annexes

Les courts annexes sont souvent le théâtre de victoires surprises. Lors des premiers tours, il est possible d’y voir les champions s’entraîner. La capacité totale des courts annexes est de 8 590 places.

Les tickets

Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros

Tickets à l’unité

Tickets journée: le billet classique qui donne l’accès au court de votre choix (Chatrier, Lenglen ou Court 1) et/ou aux courts annexes. A partir de 20€ pour les courts annexes, de 50€ pour le Chatrier.

Visiteurs du soir du 22 au 30 mai: permet l’accès à partir de 17h. Réservez vos tickets à partir de 17h la veille du jour souhaité. A partir de 12€.

Pass multi journées

Les pass offrent des meilleurs prix que les billets achetés à l’unité. Les pass disponibles:
– qualifications: du lundi 22 au vendredi 26 mai, 70€.
– week end: samedi 3 et dimanche 4 juin. A partir de 200€ pour les 2 jours sur le Lenglen, à partir de 225€ pour le Chatrier.
– demi-finales: jeudi 8 et vendredi 9 juin. A partir de 225€.
– finales: samedi 10 et dimanche 11 juin. A partir de 270€.

Offres premium

Les offres premium comprennent un ticket pour le Court Philippe Chatrier ou Suzanne Lenglen ansi que certains services: loges, repas, hotels … Plus d’infos sur le site officiel.

Limites de commande

– 1 commande/paiement par personne.
– 4 tickets pour les courts principaux par personne sur l’ensemble du tournoi. 2 billets maximum pur les 9 et 11 juin combinés.
– 12 tickets pour les courts annexes sur l’ensemble du tournoi.
– aucune limite pour les qualifications et la journée des enfants

Comment acheter vos tickets

Carlos Moya

Il n’y a aucune vente de billets sur place avant ou pendant le tournoi (sauf pour les qualifications). Attention, les billets s’écoulent très rapidement.

Il n’y a que 2 moyens légaux d’acheter des billets:
– le site officiel Roland Garros
– les agences officielles qui proposent uniquement des offres packagées (billets + prestations). La liste complète ici.

Site officiel Roland Garros

La billetterie grand public ouvre le 22 mars. Les billets s’écoulent très rapidement, je vous conseille de vous préparer un peu à l’avance pour le jour J!

Tous les billets commandés sur le site sont des e-billets strictement nominatifs, vous avez jusque la veille pour attribuer à chaque e-billet les nom et prénom du bénéficiaire. Attention, les cartes d’identité sont vérifiées à l’entrée du stade!

A partir du 13 d’avril, vous pourrez aussi acheter et vendre vos tickets sur le site officiel de Roland Garros.

Quelques conseils

– créez votre compte à l’avance ou vérifiez que vos identifiants fonctionnent
– préparez vous! Allez sur le site officiel, notez les tickets qui vous intéressent, les prix…
– attention aux limitations d’achat: 1 seule commande par carte bancaire par personne
– l’an dernier, la billetterie a ouvert à 10h le premier jour
– ne rafraîchissez pas la page de votre navigateur, vous perdriez votre place dans la queue
– si vous n’avez pas réussi à acheter vos billets souhaités, réessayez à partir du 13 avril.

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 to 18. 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 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 April 13th

UPDATE: Some extra tickets will be on sale on May 10 at 10am!

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

Maria Sharapova, Roland Garros 2014

Il n’y a aucune vente de billets sur place avant ou pendant le tournoi (sauf pour les qualifications). Les billets s’écoulent très rapidement (95% des billets sont vendus dès le jour d’ouverture).

Il n’y a que 3 moyens légaux d’acheter des billets:
– le site officiel Roland Garros
– la bourse officielle d’échange Viagogo
– les agences officielles qui proposent uniquement des offres packagées (billets + prestations)

Les événements Roland Garros

Nadal vs Djokovic

Qualifications du 19 au 22 Mai

Les billets permettent l’accès aux courts 6 à 18, sur lesquels se déroulent les matchs de qualification, mais aussi au court Suzanne Lenglen sur lequel les meilleurs joueurs s’entraînent avant le tournoi.

La journée des enfants samedi 23 mai

La traditionnelle journée caritative (anciennement appelée la journée Benny Berthet) a lieu la veille du tournoi. Les trois courts principaux accueillent des matchs exhibitions. Des entraînements et diverses animations sont aussi programmés sur les courts annexes.

Roland Garros du 24 mai au 7 juin

A suivre, nos reportages en direct de Roland Garros 2015 coverage.

Trophée des Légendes

Le Trophée des Légendes rassemble 24 anciennes gloires du tennis (hommes et femmes) qui s’affrontent en double. Les matchs se disputent sur les court Suzanne Lenglen et numéro lors de la deuxième semaine du tournoi.

Tennis en fauteuil

Les matchs du tournoi Tennis en Fauteuil se déroulent sur les courts annexes 7, 9 et 11, du mercredi 3 au vendredi 5 juin.

Les courts

Court 1

Les billets pour les courts principaux (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, court numéro 1) donnent l’accès aux courts annexes. Les places sont numérotées sur les courts principaux, sur les courts annexes le placement est libre: premier arrivé, premier assis!

Court Philippe Chatrier

Bâti en 1928 pour accueillir la Coupe Davis, il peut accueillir 14 840 spectateurs. Anciennement nommé Court Cental, il a été renommé en 2001 Court Philippe Chatrier, en l’honneur de l’ancien président de la Fédération Internationale de Tennis.

Plan_CourtPC

Court Suzanne Lenglen

Le 2ème court principal, construit en 1994 peut contenir 10 068 spectateurs. Suzanne Lenglen, née en 1899, surnommée La Divine par la presse française, est considérée comme la première star internationale du tennis.

Court Suzanne Lenglen Roland Garros

Court numéro un

Surnommé l’arène en raison de sa forme circulaire, le court 1 (3 800 places) sera malheureusement détruit dans le cadre des travaux de modernisation du stade.

Court 1 Roland Garros

Courts annexes

Les courts annexes sont souvent le théâtre de victoires surprises. Lors des premiers tours, il est possible d’y voir les champions s’entraîner. La capacité totale des courts annexes est de 8 590 places.

Les tickets

Eugénie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova

Tickets à l’unité

Tickets journée: le billet classique qui donne l’accès au court de votre choix.

Visiteurs du soir du 24 mai au 1er juin: permet l’accès à partir de 17h. Réservez vos tickets à partir de 17h la veille du jour souhaité.

Pass multi journées

Les pass offrent des meilleurs prix que les billets achetés à l’unité. Les pass disponibles:
– qualifications 4 jours
– week end: samedi 30 et dimanche 31 mai
– demi-finales: jeudi 4 et vendredi 5 juin
– finales: samedi 6 et dimanche 7 juin

Packs VIP

Les packs VIP comprennent un ticket pour le Court Philippe Chatrier ou Suzanne Lenglen ansi que certains services: loges, repas, hotels …

Comment acheter vos tickets

Serena Williams

Site officiel Roland Garros

La billetterie grand public ouvre le 11 mars. Les billets s’écoulent très rapidement, je vous conseille de vous préparer un peu à l’avance pour le jour J!

Tous les billets commandés sur le site sont des e-billets strictement nominatifs, vous avez jusque la veille pour attribuer à chaque e-billet les nom et prénom du bénéficiaire. Attention, les cartes d’identité sont vérifiées à l’entrée du stade!

Bourse d’échange Viagogo

A partir du mois d’avril, vous pouvez acheter et vendre vos tickets sur Viagogo.

Quelques conseils

– créez votre compte à l’avance ou vérifiez que vos identifiants fonctionnent
– préparez vous! Allez sur le site officiel, notez les tickets qui vous intéressent, les prix…
– attention aux limitations d’achat: 1 seule commande par carte bancaire par personne
– la billetterie ouvre généralement vers 7h du matin le premier jour
– ne rafraîchissez pas la page de votre navigateur, vous perdriez votre place dans la queue
– si vous n’avez pas réussi à acheter vos billets souhaités, il vous reste Viagogo ou les Visiteurs du soir.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à laisser un commentaire!

Roland Garros court Philippe Chatrier

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Except for qualifiers, 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.

Keep in mind 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.

The events

Maria Sharapova

Qualifiers – 19 to 22 May

Tickets for the stadium during the qualifiers give the bearer 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.

Roland Garros Kids’ Day – 23 May

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 – 24 May to 7 June

Follow our Roland Garros 2015 coverage on Tennis Buzz.

Legends Trophy

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.

Wheelchair tennis tournament

The wheelchair tennis tournament is held on courts 7, 9 and 11 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

Tickets for show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, court number one) 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.

Plan_CourtPC

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

Nadal vs Djokovic

Individual tickets

Individual all day tickets: Allow access to outside courts and the show court of your choice.

Evening Visitors from 24 May to 1 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.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. Packs available:
– qualifying 4 days passes
– week end: Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May
– semifinals: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June
– finals: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June

VIP packages

All VIP packages include one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen and dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels … More details on the official website.

How to order tickets

Carlos Moya

Roland Garros website

Ticket sales open to the general public on March 11th. 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.

Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website

From April, you can also purchase and resell tickets via the Viagogo ticket exchange. You can buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their avalaibility.

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 are usually on sale around 7am (GMT+1)
– 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 the exchange ticket website (see below) or the evening visitors.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here, I’ll try to answer the best I can.

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