How to buy last minute Roland Garros tickets

Roland Garros 2017 starts in a little over two weeks time; you planned a Paris trip but still not have your Roland Garros tickets? Don’t worry, it’s not too late, you have 3 ways to buy tickets:

On site

Tickets for qualifiers (from May 22 to 26) are on sale on site. 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.

Roland Garros website

Qualifying days

Tickets for qualifiers are also on sale on line.

General public tickets

Extra tickets were put on sale on Wednesday May 10, so tickets are still available: there are a lot of tickets left for the women’s semifinals for example.

Resale tickets

From April 13, people that for some reason are not able to attend the event put their tickets up for sale on Roland Garros website. That means you can buy unwanted tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability. The resale ticket is integrated to Roland Garros website, so it’s completely secure and legal.

Since 2016, Viagogo is no longer in partnership with Roland Garros, the tickets on sale on this website are sold illegally and without any guarantee.

Two advices:
– if you manage to get outside court tickets: from 5pm some Show Courts ticket holders leave the stadium, so stay near an exit gate and ask them – gently – their ticket.
– if you can’t get those Court Chatrier tickets you really wanted, buy some Suzanne Lenglen tickets and once inside the grounds, try to swap tickets with a Court Central ticket holder.

Evening visitors

Buy Evening Visitors tickets from 28 May to 6 June and get access to outside courts from 5.30pm for only €15. You have to book your tickets online from 5 pm on the evening before the day you wish to attend.

Official agencies

If you have deep pockets, official agencies propose VIP tickets with or without accomodations. Check out the complete list here.

Do not purchase tickets through unofficial websites or agencies: they sell tickets without the agreement of the French Tennis Federation and do not guarantee you official tickets. You’ve been warned…

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

How to buy US Open tickets

Roland Garros is fast approaching, but it’s nearly time to book your tickets for the US Open! Here’s my guide to help you buy tickets. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer.

The events

Roger Federer, US Open 2017
Qualifyings – 19 to 23 August 2019

Access to the qualifying tournament, the week before the main tournament starts, is free. It is also the best time to watch top players practicing.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – 24 August 2019

Kids and their families can enjoy free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the live tennis and music show features exhibition matches and skills competitions with top players, as well as musical performances.
Learn more at http://www.arthurashekidsday.com/.

US Open – 26 August to 8 September 2019

Hot, loud, electric, the US Open is a tournament like no other, and has been the scene of some of the craziest tennis matches, like the infamous McEnroe-Nastase in 1979, or Jimmy Connors’ run to the semifinals in 1991.
The Billie Jean King center, home of the US Open, has transformed a lot in the recent years: Arthur Ashe Stadium now has an amazing retractable roof, a new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium (also with a retractable roof) was completed in time for the 2018 US Open, the new Grandstand debuted in 2016, and 10 outside courts were renovated.

The courts

US Open
Arthur Ashe Stadium

With a capacity of 23,771 seats, the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis facility in the world. With the retractable roof added in 2016, there’s no risk anymore to have to play the men’s final on a Monday or Tuesday! Check out Arthur Ashe’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Louis Armstrong Stadium

The new Louis Armstrong Stadium debuted in 2018 with 14,061 seats and a retractable roof. Check out Louis Armstrong’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Grandstand

The new Grandstand, a 8,125 seat stadium which opened in 2016, is the third largest stadium in the Center, and replaces the Old Grandstand, torn down in 2018. Check out Grandstand’s seating chart and interactive seat viewer.

Outer courts

Outer courts allow you to see the players up close and personal.
Read more:
Finding the right court at the US Open requires a strategy
A day in the life of court 15

The tickets

Nadal, US Open 2017

Individual tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 3. American Express Card Members will have access to an early on-sale starting Monday, May 28, and running through Saturday, June 1.

The US Open sells separate tickets for day matches and night matches.
A day session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 9.30 am (11 am on Finals weekend) and stay as long as you like. The first match starts at 11am.
A night session ticket allows you to enter the grounds from 6pm. Night matches start at 7pm.

There are 4 different types of day session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium along with first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.
Grandstand Stadium: assigned seat in the Grandstand Stadium, along with first-come, first-served access to all the outer courts. Grandstand tickets are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.
Grounds Admission: provides first-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all the outer courts. Grounds Admissions are only sold for the first eight days of the tournament.

and two types of evening session tickets:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a given evening.
Louis Armstrong Stadium: provides an assigned seat in Louis Armstrong Stadium on a given evening. Louis Armstrong tickets are only sold for the first nine days of the tournament.

Ticket plans

Each plan is different in that they each cover a different number of day and/or evening sessions. You will be automatically invoiced for the same seat(s) the following year and opt to keep the same seat(s) for the duration of your plan or even request an opportunity to upgrade.

Arthur Ashe plans:
full series: all sessions, Monday 26 August to Sunday 8 September. From $2,200.
first week: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Friday 30 August. From $550.
opening sessions: 5 sessions, every first-round session, Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 August. From $360.
evening sessions: 14 sessions, all evening sessions plus Finals weekend. From $1,100.
pre-holiday: 4 sessions, Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 September. From $270.
holiday weekend: 7 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $550.
holiday evening: 4 sessions, Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September. From $330.
championship week: 8 sessions, Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 September. From $750.

Ashe plans include first-come, first-serve access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and all outer courts.

Louis Armstrong plans:
full series: 15 sessions, including 6 evening sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.
day sessions: 9 sessions, Monday 26 August to Tuesday 3 September.

Armstrong plans include first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts.

Grandstand plan:
– 8 sessions, Monday 26 August to Monday 2 September. It includes first-come, first-served access to Grandstand and all outer courts. $675.

Pricing shown is for reference only from 2016.

Official travel packages

Learn more at www.tours4tennis.com or call 1-800-258-3664 or 1-858-675-3555.

Booking limits

For individual tickets, there is a limit of:
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual day session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium day session tickets in total
– 8 Arthur Ashe Stadium tickets for any individual night session
– 16 Arthur Ashe Stadium night session tickets in total
– 8 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets per session
– 16 Louis Armstrong Stadium tickets in total
– 8 Grounds Admission tickets per session
– 16 Grounds Admission tickets in total

There is an 8 ticket limit per account for ticket plans, with the exception of Grandstand where there is a 4 ticket limit per account.

How to order tickets

Crowd at the US Open

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office

You can buy tickets directly on site. Starting July 12, the Box Office will be open every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until the start of the tournament.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster  is the only authorized seller for US Open tickets online. Tickets are on sale here.

Resale

The USTA has partnered with the US Open Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, to serve as the exclusive resale partner for the US Open. Ticket holders now have the opportunity to resell their unused tickets in a secured fan-to-fan environment.

Photo credit: Chih-Yao Hsu (1), Shinya Suzuki (2,5), Faberg Tour Experience (3), Marianne Bevis (4)

How to buy French Open resale tickets

You didn’t manage to get the tickets you wanted for the upcoming French Open? You’ve got a second chance: the resale tickets. And actually a third chance with the last minute tickets sale opening on May 7.
Don’t use unofficial reseller sites like viagogo or stubhub because: a) you can never be sure tickets solid on those sites are actually valid tickets b) you’d buy them at a higher price than their face value.

There’s in fact no difference between ordering resale tickets or “normal” tickets.

1. Connect to your Roland Garros account

.. or set one up if needed

2. Click on Order, select a day and court

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

3. Select an offer

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

4. Validate your order

… or select more tickets

How to buy Roland Garros resale tickets

5. Select additional services

… like parking or food. If you want my two cents: bring your own food and take the metro to get to the stadium.

6. Enter your payment details

How to buy French Open resale tickets

and that’s it. You’ll soon receive a mail with all the details of your order. Don’t forget to assign each ticket to a ticket holder!

If you have any question, feel free to ask below, I’ll do my best to answer.

Wimbledon view from court 12

It’s more than time to prepare your trip to the greatest tennis tournament, Wimbledon! Wimbledon tickets are the most coveted tickets and of course the most difficult to get.

Prices

First, let’s have a look at the prices for Wimbledon 2017 tickets. From £15 to £190 for the mens finals.

Wimbledon 2017 ticket prices

There are four ways to get tickets: the ballots, the Queue, Ticketmaster and the hospitality packages. In fact there are two more (membership and debentures) but I guess if you can afford them you are not reading this article.

Ballots

Neat

The majority of Wimbledon tickets are distributed via ballots. Entry into the ballot gives you a place in the draw for tickets, which is done randomly by computer. It does not automatically entitle you to tickets for Wimbledon. You can not choose specific days or courts.

UK ballot

From September 1, 2016, the All England Club Tennis Club is accepting applications for the public ballot from UK residents. To obtain an application form send in a stamped, self-addressed envelope before December 15, 2016 to:
AELTC
P.O. BOX 98
London
SW19 5AE

You will need to complete and return the application form by December 31, 2016 in order to be entered in the ballot. Completed forms must be returned to:
AELTC
P.O. BOX 67611
London
SW19 9DT

Overseas ballot

To enter the non-UK residents ballot, you need to complete this form. You have from December 1, 2016 till December 15, 2016 to submit your application.

British tennis ballot

If you’re a British tennis member, you’ve already received an email asking if you want to opt in for the ballot. You only have to login into your members area, click OPT IN and that’s it you just have to wait for the results.
If you’re not it’s really easy to join, it only costs £25 for adults and you don’t have to be British to join in. Membership gives you discounts and pre-sales on tickets for events including Queen’s and Eastbourne tournaments, and entry into the BTM Wimbledon ballot. Check out all the details here.

The Queue

Wimbledon Queues

A limited number of tickets are available daily for Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court, except for the last four days on Centre Court, when all are sold in advance. In addition, several thousand Grounds Passes are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19. All you have to do to get one ticket is queue! Tickets are cash only if you’re queuing.

The Queue is a tradition as integral to the Championships as strawberries and cream, or predominately white clothing.
In 1927 queues started outside the ground at 5 a.m. and more than 2,000 people were turned away. In 1991, when heavy rain caused the game to be delayed to the Middle Sunday for the very first time, the queue stretched for 2.4 km outside the grounds.

Check out Wimbledon’s guide to queuing and Mel’s diary of a Wimbledon queuer.

Ticketmaster

Several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets are up for grabs on Ticketmaster the day before each game. Sign up to the Wimbledon newsletter to get ticket alerts.

Hospitality packages

Keith Prowse and Sportsworld are Wimbledon’s two official tour operators. They provide hospitality packages, including tickets and London hotel accommodation. Sportsworld offer packages for visitors from the UK, Asia and Australasia. Keith Prowse offer packages for visitors from the UK, Europe, and the Americas.

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll do my best to reply.

Photo credit: KT (1&3), Wimbledon website (2), Michael Pritchard (4)

Roland Garros FAQs

Enqvist and Moya, Roland Garros 2014

If you have any question not answered below, please leave a comment, we’ll do our best to answer.

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 20, 2019. Premium packages are available for sale from March 6, 2019.
Resale tickets will be available from April 17 and last minute tickets will be put on sale on May 7.

What do qualifyings tickets give access to?

It gives you access to courts 6 to 18. On Thursday and Friday you can also watch practice sessions on court Suzanne Lenglen.

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 Simonne Mathieu. 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 tournament’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!

When will the draw be published?

Friday 24.

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 tournament 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 bakeries and supermarket nearby, where you can buy sandwiches, drinks… But don’t bring cans, glass bottles or bottles over 1.5l.

May I bring my camera?

Yes, sure. But camera tripods and camera lenses of more than 20 cm are not allowed. Don’t forget to charge your camera battery and bring extra memory cards.

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. 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. Grab a free copy of the daily Roland Garros newspaper and have a look at who is playing where.

Do they really verify the name on the ticket at the entrance to the stadium?

Yes! That’s how it works:
– you first have to scan the barcode of your ticket
– collect your countermark ticket
– show your countermark ticket and proof of identity with a picture (passport or ID card) to the steward
– the steward will check that the name shown on your proof of identity matches with the name on the countermark ticket
– when you enter a show court, you have to show your countermark ticket again, so don’t lose it!

Can I leave the grounds and come back later?

No! Any exit is final.

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.

A few more tips to enjoy your day at Roland Garros:
– arrive early: in accordance with the Vigipirate plan, you have to go through a security checkpoint before arriving at your gate
– bring your own food and drinks
– pick up a free copy of the daily Roland Garros newspaper: it contains a map of the grounds and the order of play
– scour the practice courts: you may watch your favorite player hit balls for an hour
– watch a match on the big video screens just outside of Court Suzanne Lenglen, and court 1

Please leave a comment below if you have any question, I’ll answer the best I can.