Roland Garros 2016

How to buy French Open tickets

UPDATE: Roland Garros will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020. More infos as soon as possible.

Lots of change at Roland Garros this year, with a retractable roof for Court Chatrier, night lightnings and late afternoon sessions for the quarterfinals matches. 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 – 18 to 22 May 2020

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 the 2017 qualifyings: 3 days at Roland Garros: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more).

Roland Garros Kids’ Day – 23 May 2020

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 2020

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.  

Legends Trophy – 2 to 7 June 2020

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 during the second week of the French Open and can be watched by holders of outside courts tickets.

Wheelchair tennis tournament – 4 to 6 June 2020

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.

Check out the provisional schedule.

The courts

Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros 2015
Tickets for show courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, Simonne Mathieu) give you a reserved seat on one of the three main courts and access to the outside courts; there is no allocated seat on the outside courts, seating is on a first come first served basis.

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.
New this year: Court Chatrier has finally a roof (!) and night lightnings. All quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are played on Chatrier.

Court Philippe Chatrier

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

Court Simonne Mathieu

Court Simonne Mathieu replaces the “Bullring” court number one. Semi-sunken and surrounded by four greenhouses which will contain flora from four different continents, this new court is the venue’s third show court (5,000 seats). The Allée des Serres will link the new court to the historic site and provide an area for spectators to relax and stroll.

Court Simonne Mathieu

Outside courts

Courts 3 to 18. 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 of the show courts (Chatrier, Lenglen and Mathieu) and/or unlimited access to the outside courts. From €34 to €325.

For the men’s semifinals, tickets are purchased per semi-final. You will need two tickets if you wish to attend both semi-finals.
New this year: all quarterfinals are played on Court Chatrier and are purchased by session. Quarterfinals are played over 2 days, on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3, each day there will be 1 session from 12pm (1 ladies’ single, 1 gentlemen single) and 1 session from 5pm (1 ladies’ single, 1 gentlemen single).

Check out all the prices here.

Multi day passes

Multi-day passes available:
– qualifyings: Monday 18 to Friday 22, €70
– week end: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May. From €213 for 2 days on Lenglen, from €250 on Chatrier.
– semifinals: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June. From €275.
– finals: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June. From €305.

Premium packages

All Premium packages include one ticket to the Court Philippe-Chatrier or Suzanne-Lenglen and dedicated services: lounges, dining, hotels … Premium ticket sales open on March 4. More details on the official website.

Booking limits

– 4 tickets for the main courts over the entire tournament.
– 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 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 25. 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 end of April, you can also resell tickets via Roland Garros website and buy tickets up until the day of the event, depending on their availability.

Last minute tickets will be put on sale on 6 May.

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
– 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 in April

If you manage to get tickets and want to share your pictures and stories on Tennis Buzz, please leave a comment below.

420 Responses
  1. Richard says:

    I was able to buy tickets on Lenglen last year using your advice; I have two accounts set up for 2 PCs.
    But I’ve forgotten the procedure a little bit; 10am Paris is 5am Eastern Time in New York; do you have any advice as to when is the best time to actually try to log in? 9am, 930am, or literally 10am? Or even earlier?
    Last year, I was No 23000 in the queue, but I don’t have any idea what determines your position in the waiting list. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. ludmilla says:

    Hi Richard,

    I usually try around 9.30, but most of the time the queue starts exactly at 10. I don’t remember my rank in the queue last year, but I remember there was a problem at the payment (404 page), that happens quite often.

  3. Ligia says:

    Hi Ludmilla! They say that we should “log in” before the sales open, but the website is blocked and I cannot log in. Is this normal? When you say “I try around 9:30” your are able to log in at 9:30 or you just open the website and, once unblocked, you log in? Sorry for the stupid question, but I was confused… thank you again for the tips!

  4. ludmilla says:

    Hi Ligia,
    You must create an account before the sales open, I hope you did otherwise you’ll waste time tomorrow. Login only takes a second.
    The site is now in maintenance mode until tomorrow morning, it’s normal you can’t log in.
    Tomorrow around 9.30-9.45 I will access the website, to see if the sale already started, and then when the sale will start, I’ll be in the queue. There’s a number indicating your place in the queue, it is refreshed every one or 5 minute, I don’t remember. And then, when it’s your turn you have 15minutes to buy your tickets.
    Personally I would advice you not to waste time using the view from your seat feature, because it’s not entirely accurate, and makes you waste time.

  5. Ligia says:

    Yes I have an account already!! Thank you so much! Agree with you regarding the seats. At least for the premium packages, I “tested” to buy tickets (to know how it works) and they put you in a seat and it is not possible to change it… if it is not possible to change the seat, there is no need to waste time with the view…rs. Thank you again for the tips and good luck! Best!

  6. ludmilla says:

    Let me know if you manage to get tickets

  7. Ellen says:

    Hi! I didn’t know I needed to create an account in advance before today and now it looks like it is too late. What should I do?

  8. pramod says:

    Hi. Can we able to choose the seat Number? and is the ticket to philipe court valid for whole day or Do i need to choose like a day session and evening session ?

  9. Esther says:

    Can I also pay with maestro (from the Netherlands) or only master card?

  10. Becc says:

    Do you know which court is better? Or in which one I’ll be able to see Federer or Nadal? Thank you

  11. Esther says:

    How long can the que be? Like 1 or 2 hours or much longer?

  12. ludmilla says:

    @pramod for the whole day, there is no night session

    @Esther visa, master card and american express are accepted

    @Becc Chatrier

    @Esther if you connect at 10, max 1-1h30 I think. Some people start giving up when it’s too long and some people enter the queue when it’s lunch time

  13. ludmilla says:

    Here’s my feedback:
    – I did enter the queue at 10
    – one minute wait to know my position in the queue
    – position 2166 at 10.01
    – 666 at 10.09
    – 55 at 10.11
    – I started buying my tickets at 10.12
    – order at 10.17

  14. LISA HAGEN says:

    My starting position at 10:05 pm was 749.
    I got tickets. Had some trouble with my credit card processing. After trying the second card, payment was processed.
    Got 2 seats in this section:
    29 May – PC
    Single Ticket – Cat. 1
    Access C32 – Stairs 19 – Row 17
    I’m thrilled! Thank you, ludmilla, for sending me to the account setup link. Couldn’t have done it without your help!!

  15. ludmilla says:

    @Lisa great. Happy I could help!

  16. Alex says:

    – I did enter the queue at 10:18
    – 27 000 at 10:45
    – Is there any chance? 🙁

  17. ludmilla says:

    Yes of course but you probably won’t get mens finals or mens semifinals tickets.
    What do you want to buy?

  18. pramod says:

    i couldnt get phillipe court tickets on weekend. They are all sold out !

  19. pramod says:

    My position was 29300 at 10:02 . i could only travel to paris during weekend. So may be i will try in reseller websites.

  20. ludmilla says:

    Last minute tickets will be put on sale on 7 May. And the resale starts on April 17, so you can try your chance again then.
    My advice would be to NOT try reseller tickets: they can resell multiple time the same ticket, so you’re not sure your ticket is valid.

  21. Vineeta says:

    Hi! I tried to reach the website at 10 but it was on maintenance mode. I refreshed multiple times and at 10:05 entered the queue at 22000. I wanted men’s semi’s tickets but unfortunately was too late. I ended up purchasing ladies finals ticket. Is there any any chance of getting men’s finals or semifinals tickets during resale? Any tips? Is booking from Viagogo a good idea? I really want those tickets. ??

  22. ludmilla says:

    As I said above, resellers tickets is NOT a good idea. Only use the Roland Garros website: last minute tickets will be put on sale on 7 May. And the resale starts on April 17, so you can try your chance again then.

  23. Richard says:

    I got in at 10.02 but was #24700! (last year I was about 20000); was able to log in to book at 11.07 and I was looking for four Cat 1 Chartrier tickets for Thurs 5/30 but only Cat 3 left but found 4 Cat 1 in Lenglen Sud (contiguous too) so grabbed them. On separate account, booked 4 great seats in the new Simonne Mathieu court for Friday 5/31. So I’m disappointed didnt get Chartrier tickets but happy to get good seats for 4 on both days considering the much higher queue number than I hoped for. The lesson for me: I had my two computers both set up and ready to go on the web pages from the evening before (1am NY time about 6am Paris); but I realize that the key was to be ready to “accept” immediately when the screen changes from “waiting” to “ready” and I didnt notice that it had for a couple of minutes. So queue position I think must be determined by how rapidly you click after site officially opens, not when you open to page. This is what I will make sure to do next year. I hope Rafa is still playing then. Thanks, Ludmilla, though for your help on this site. Incidentally, I believe the RG french open system is infinitely better than the US Open where on day 1, all the tickets are bought up by resellers and it is so hard to buy anything without paying a huge markup. I love the idea that there is a high degree of assurance that if you decide not to use a ticket, you can sell it back for a minimal transaction fee.

  24. Vineeta says:

    @ludmilla yes I will keep an eye on rg official website for resale. Thanks for your help. I have few more doubts. Do you know how resale works? In the website they have some information for those who want to resale their tickets but nothing for those willing to purchase them. There is no mention of time when it will start and also if the price will be higher.

  25. Esther says:

    I entered in at 10.00 and the queue was 16000… I managed to get what I wanted so thanks for the help!

    I do wonder how your starting position could be 749 at 10.05…

    Well doesn’t matter now I guess.

  26. ludmilla says:

    People can sell from April 17 and you can buy resale tickets from April 17.
    There is no queue. Basically you have to check out regularly if tickets are available.The price is the same you won’t notice that these are resale tickets.
    And on May 7 last minute tickets will be put on sale.

  27. ludmilla says:

    yes indeed, as long as you didn’t click on “ready” you weren’t in the queue.
    I’ve got Lenglen tickets for first Monday, Mathieu tickets for first Tuesday and women’s final tickets.
    Personally I think the Lenglen is better than the Chatrier, it’s smaller, you have a better view and you are closer to the action.
    I have bought and sold tickets in the past and the system works really well, and you are sure that the tickets are legit.
    Happy I could help you.

  28. dev says:

    Vineeta – I feel your pain! I want to go so bad

  29. ludmilla says:

    @dev when do you want to go?

  30. Dev says:

    @ludmilla for the men’s final. I have written above – my AMEX relationship manager is giving me a category 2 for 1000 Euros. I was just wondering if you thought that was worth it

  31. ludmilla says:

    1000 euros for category 2! absolutely not worth it in my opinion. But you’re the one who knows if you want to give so much money for just a tennis match.

  32. Dev says:

    I have taken it. I have wanted to see a grand slam final for many years now and I just happen to be in Europe (I live in India) around that time for work. Plus, I think Rafa and Nole will play the final and Rafa will want to avenge the Aus open humiliation, so it has the makings of quite a blockbuster. I just hope the match is worth it. Thanks for your comments though 🙂

  33. Mihir says:

    Hi Ludmilla!

    I have never bought a tennis tournament ticket. I have created the account on RG website. I want the tickets for men’s final. Can I still buy one from official agency (I live in the US)? What are my chances of getting one in resale or last minute ticket? If available, how much would it cost? What are the usual prices of tickets (cheapest to most expensive)?

    Thanks in advance!

  34. ludmilla says:

    You should contact official agencies directly, I have no idea.
    Prices of resale tickets or last minute tickets are the same as the one put on sale on March 20. All prices are on RG website.

  35. Kate says:


    Many thanks for the French Open thread. Can you buy a ground pass on the day? Am assuming that at a certain point in the competition there are no matches on outside courts?

    Kind regards

  36. ludmilla says:

    Hi Kate,

    Some days are sold out on outside courts too. So you’ll have to buy last minute tickets or resale tickets depending on the day you want to go.
    From June 2, there are only doubles, juniors and legends matches on outside courts.

  37. eddie tea says:

    I’m still not sure what the procedure is for last minute May 7 sales. I’m supposed to log in to the RG official website using my PC browser at say 1am New York time and then just wait until 5am (10am Paris). Or am I supposed to hit refresh or click on something when the website changes from maintenance to sell mode. Can someone be more specific?

  38. ludmilla says:

    Hi Eddie,

    Login the day before or 2 days before if you really want to. At 10 am you access, and that’s it, just follow the instructions on your screen. IF there’s a queue don’t refresh the page, just wait, your position in the queue will update automatically.

  39. eddie tea says:

    Thanks ludmilla! Sounds pretty easy.

  40. eddie tea says:

    One more question… I see that there will be a “last minute sale” on May 8 at 10am. Does anyone know what this means? I am thinking they will be releasing more tickets for the stadium. Has anyone participated in the “last minute sale”. I’ve been buying one or two tickets just by sitting all day on the computer hitting refresh on the days i want to go and buying “resale” tickets but some of these tickets include a premium package and I don’t want to pay 600 euro for a ticket. Thanks!

  41. ludmilla says:

    Last minute sales open on May 7. “New tickets” will be put on sale. It’s just a normal sale, like the opening sale on March 20.
    In my opinion it’s too early to buy tickets on resale, the more you approach the tournament the more tickets will be put on resale.
    What kind of tickets do you want to buy (stadium, category, day)?

  42. eddie tea says:

    Thanks for the quick response. Oops, May 8 and I would be a day late! My friend and I will be there for 9 days so we are trying to get several grounds passes as well as 4th round and qtr final tickets for Lenglen and/or Chatrier. Do you think it is better to get Category 2 Lenglen or Category 3 Chatrier if you had to choose. I’m assuming the higher ranked players will play on Chatrier.

  43. ludmilla says:

    The higher ranked play on Chatrier but the top players (Djokovic, Nadal…) play at least one match on Lenglen (I remember one year Murray – then world number 2 – played two rounds in a row on Lenglen).

    And there are only 4 matches a day played on Chatrier, 2 men’s 2 women’s. So imagine you have Nadal, Federer, Thiem and Tsitsipas in the same half of the draw, they play the same day, so you could have Nadal and Tsitsipas on Lenglen. In the early rounds the schedule of play can be surprising because the top French players often play on Chatrier/Lenglen too.

    Between Chatrier category 3 and Lenglen category 2 I would choose Lenglen category 2:
    – but, I’ve been to Chatrier many times so you could try it at least one time
    – Lenglen is much smaller than Chatrier and you are closer to the players

  44. Michelle says:

    Hi Ludmilla,

    First, thank you for all of the amazing advice you’ve put out for everyone! I am gearing up to purchase last-minute tickets tomorrow morning; I’m in the Mountain West timezone, so I’ll be setting an alarm for 1315 to get reading for the 1400 start time. I’ve got an account, have logged in several times and will have all of that ready to go. My first goal is to get tickets for 29-30 May and be there for both days of Round 2, weather permitting. My second goal is to see Roger Federer play one last time before he retires. 🙂 . Because of the latter goal, I know I need to book Chatrier, and therefore I was wondering if you had a recommendation of a side or section of the court to focus on. Is there a particular spot better for viewing? I will not be purchasing top-tier tickets, probably mid-level price range, if available. Thanks for any and all advice you have!

  45. ludmilla says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I guess you mean 4 not 14?
    You must know you won’t have lots of choice because most of the tickets have been sold in March, so there is just a small amount of “last minute tickets”.
    Basically you have to be quick and not waste time trying to find exactly where is your seat.
    Tribune Brugnon is nice if you like to be behind the serving line. And Cochet is in my opinion better than Borotra because you can observe players at changing ends.
    Hope it helps
    Good luck!

  46. Brad says:

    Hi Ludmilla!

    I have a last-minute question for the Last Minute sale in a few hours…

    When I go to the address book of my account on the website, it does not list the United States as a possible country! What should I do?

    Thank you,

  47. Brad says:

    Okay, I figured it out … I had to click on the Euro symbol and switch to “$” for US Dollar, so that United States was available as an address option.

    All good … Excited for tonight!

    And if I sign up for a 2nd account to use on my laptop, is there a chance they will nullify it as a duplicate account?

    Thank you for this amazingly helpful site!!

  48. pramod says:

    hi ludmilla,

    Can we get single ticket on sale? or is it just going to be premium tickets with packages ? I am in central time so i think its 3AM CST for me . I am going to be online and will check for single tickets either on June 1st or June 2nd.

  49. pramod says:

    I have secured a single ticket on June 3rd But i will be flying on the same day at 8 PM. how long the matches are played? are there evening sessions? I am just wondering if I leave early from courts may be i will be able to catch up my flight.

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