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

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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.

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You’re heading to Roland Garros this year? Check out this FAQ:

Are there any Roland Garros tickets left?

Yes!

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

Two different types of evening tickets are also released for online sale one day in advance. The “Outside Courts Ticket” gives access to the outside courts from 3:00 pm, while the “Evening Visitors Pack” allows you to queue for a chance to obtain a seat in one of the three main courts after 5:00 pm, depending on availability.

How to get to Roland Garros Stadium?

The easiest way to get to Roland Garros is by public transport.

Metro:
Line 10 : Gare d’Austerlitz-Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud
• porte d’Auteuil Station: this station is the closest to Gate B – Mousquetaires, the biggest gate into the Grounds.
• Boulogne-Jean-Jaurès Station: this station is nearest to boulevard d’Auteuil where the least congested gates are located: Gate I – Suzanne-Lenglen, Gate K and Gate L. Waiting time is often less than 5 minutes.
Line 9 : Mairie de Montreuil – Pont de Sèvres
• Michel-Ange-Auteuil Station
• Michel-Ange-Molitor Station

Bus:
Lines 22, 32, 52, 62, 72, 123, 241.

Shuttle buses are also available for the duration of the tourmanent to transport ticketed passengers to and from the stadium.

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’s handy to have a printed version so that you can see who is playing on what court and in what order.
It is also displayed next to the big screens on Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court number 1.

I want to see Nadal (Federer, Djokovic…) , but I only have outside court tickets, how to do?

In the early rounds of the tournament, practice courts are the best place to get an up-close look at the top players.
Autograph sessions with top players are also held daily at the RG LAB 2050, located at the top of the Allée Suzanne Lenglen – Gate W.

Rafael Nadal

Where to find the practice schedule?

Good question. Sometimes they put it on twitter but usually practice has already finished when they take time to tweet it. Don’t bother asking a steward, much of the time they don’t know or they don’t want to say and more often than not they have no clue of what’s going on.
So, arrive early, wander around the grounds, and ask a Spanish, Swiss, Serbian fan, or a TV crew, they probably know where and when Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and co practice.

May I bring food into the Stadium?

Yes, and you should of course, because food in the stadium is overpriced – about 3 euros for a Pepsi Can – , not so good quality and queues are long.
There are lots of bakeries, fast food places, and a large Monoprix on the rue d’Auteuil where you can buy sandwiches, drinks…

How is red clay made?

Red clay is a complex mixture of several materials. The playing surface on each court is composed of a 8cm layer of sand, a 15cm layer of volcanic rock, a 8cm layer of limestone. It is topped off with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust. The crushed red brick is pressed into the limestone and drenched in water. This process is repeated until a thin compact layer of clay coats each court.

What to do when 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 stands and boutiques, take part in the activities at the RG LAB 2050 or have a break at Les Jardins de Roland Garros restaurant.
If play has lasted less than two hours over the entire day, you may be eligible for a refund.

Who are the favorites for Roland Garros 2013?

Men:
Nadal broke Borg’s record last year and won his 7th French Open title in 8 years. As long as he’s healthy he’s the favorite on his beloved red clay. Other contenders are the usual suspects: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

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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Women:
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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Maria Sharapova

What is the Perrier 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.

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!

Nadal and co

Where in Paris can I watch the French Open on a big screen?

A giant screen deployed at Paris City Hall will be broadcasting the major matches from the 2013 French Open.
Location: Esplanade de L’Hotel de Ville, Metro Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11)

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.

Hope it helped prepare your day at Roland Garros. If you have any question, leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer.

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 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
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 viagogo.fr/rolandgarros
– 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.

Packs:

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 rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com/
– 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 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
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.