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.

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.

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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

READ OUR UPDATED ARTICLE: How to buy Roland Garros 2016 tickets

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.

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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

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.

READ OUR UPDATED ARTICLE: How to buy Roland Garros 2016 tickets

Roland Garros

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.

The events

Rafael Nadal

Qualifiers – 20 to 23 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 – 24 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 – 25 May to 8 June

Follow our 2014 French Open 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. 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 (check out my pics of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur at practice).

Tickets for courts Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and one give access to the outside courts. 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.

The tickets

Serena Williams

Individual tickets

3 types of individual tickets are available:

Individual all day tickets

Evening Visitors from 25 May to 1 June: Tickets to one of the show courts from 5pm.
– book your evening ticket online from 5pm the day before your visit.
– come to the ticket office at Gate B – Mousquetaires the day of your visit.

Afternoon visitors from 25 May to 1 June: Tickets to the outside courts and all the public areas from 3pm.
– book your afternoon ticket online from 3pm the day before your visit
– come to the Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen the day of your visit
– enter the Grounds directly from 3pm.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes offer a better rate than tickets bought separately. Packs available:
– qualifying 2 and 4 days passes
– week end: Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June
– first week: Sunday 25 May to Sunday 1 June
– second week: Monday 2 to Sunday 8 June
– semifinals: Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June
– finals: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June

VIP packages

All VIP packages include:
– one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen, in category Loge, 1 or 2
– dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels …

VIP packages are on sale since January 15th. All the details here.

How to order tickets

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.

Roland Garros website

Ticket sales open to the general public on March 12th. 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.

– create an account on rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com
– choose your event (French Open, Qualifyings, Roland Garros Kids Day, Evening visitors, Wheelchair tennis tournament, Perrier Legends Trophy)
– choose your offer (Packs or Individual tickets)
– select the court and date of your choice
– when you have selected all your tickets, enter your payment details

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.

Viagogo Roland Garros exchange ticket website

From April, you can also purchase and resell tickets via the Roland-Garros / Viagogo ticket exchange. You can buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their avalaibility.
To purchase tickets on Viagogo:
– create an account on viagogo.fr/rolandgarros
– 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

You will then receive an email confirmation with all the details to retrieve your e-tickets.

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