How to buy Roland Garros 2013 tickets

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.


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
– 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
– 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.

62 Responses
  1. Terry Fences says:

    Can Nadal overcome his terrible run of injuries at the end of 2012 and come back to win the French Open at Roland-Garros??
    What do you think?

  2. ludmilla says:

    Sure he can. If he’s healthy he’ll be once again the favorite.

  3. Rafael says:

    Is it very hard to get the second week pass? How long does it take to be sold out? I don’t want to count on luck. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the tips!

  4. ludmilla says:

    Hi Rafael,
    Thanks for your comment.
    Yes it’s quite difficult to get tickets for the second week because a lot of tickets are already sold to the members of the French Federation.
    Good luck and please tell me if you manage to get tickets.

  5. BIGNICK says:

    What time do the tickets go on sale tomorrow? is it 12am or 8am in the morning?

  6. ludmilla says:

    Last year it was around 7am.

  7. Lorenzo says:

    Is that 7am Paris time? I’m in USA/New Hampshire…need to know…thanks….

  8. ludmilla says:

    Yes, Paris Time

  9. Rafael says:

    Hi, Ludmilla! I’ve just bought the second week pass. I’m really happy. The tickets went on sale at 7am Paris time, so your tip was pretty acurate. Thank you once again!

  10. ludmilla says:

    Hi Rafael, happy for you!

  11. Tennisfox says:

    I messed up and bought tickets for Court No. 1 and SL on the sameday. Now I will have to sell one set and try to buy a set for another day on Viagogo. Also, since I was a few hours late in ordering I received bad, bad, bad seats.

  12. ludmilla says:

    What you mean by bad seats. Court 1 and Suzanne Lenglen are no Arthur Ashe so you’re pretty close to the court.
    For which day do you have tickets for Lenglen and Court 1?

  13. Tennisfox says:

    28/05/2013 (Tuesday) – Never been in Court No. 1, always been in SL. Years ago you did not need tickets for Court 1. You are correct, SL has all good seats, but this year ours are in row 27, on the east side.

  14. ludmilla says:

    I have Chatrier tickets for first Tuesday, but somebody else could be interested.

  15. Elizabeth Howard says:

    By the time I got online, 2 hour wait, all the best tickets sold! Interesting to look at the huge number of tickets for sale on other websites at hugely inflated prices. Who supplies these to those sellers? Definitely something “fishy” going on.
    I go to Roland Garos evey year and it is a nightmare trying to get tickers. Anyway hoping to get tickets on Viagogo for the men’s semi final and final.

  16. ludmilla says:

    I totally agree with you, every year it’s a nightmare to get tickets.
    Good luck with Viagogo!

  17. Дмитрий says:

    Здравствуйте Людмила. Не подскажите, есть ли возможность купить билеты на основную сетку в кассах?
    Заранее спасибо.

  18. ludmilla says:

    Tickets for the main draw are available online. The qualifyings and Evening visitors tickets are on sale at Roland Garros stadium.

  19. MCOTennisfan says:

    Good information here, Thanks. Now I can check if there are still avaialble seats for Monday or Tuesday on first week.

  20. David Cook says:

    I have 2 x Mens Singles Final – Cat 2 tickets for sale.

    I also have 2 x Ladies Singles Final – Cat 2 tickets for sale if anyone is interested.

  21. Julija says:

    David, I am interested in 2xMens Singles Final tickets.

  22. MK says:

    I have 2 tickets for Thursday Womens Semi to sell and would like Men’s semi or Women’s semi tickets – any takers?

  23. Dimitrios says:

    Anyone has 2 tickets available for mens’ semifinals? Thank you.

  24. ludmilla says:

    The ticket exchange website is now open, you can try to find it there. More info:

  25. Michael Cohen says:

    I really need three tickets for the semi finals on June 7th. If you can help I would be really grateful. Many thanks.

  26. tara P says:

    David – if you still haev tix available for either final let me know – very interested.

  27. Rikki-Lee says:


    What day is Rafael Nadal likely to play do we know?

    I have tickets for the main court on day 2 and 3 but I missed day 1 and 4. He is the main person I want to see as he is my favourite and still the only major tennis player I have never seen live.


  28. ludmilla says:

    Hi Rikki,
    Nadal, like the other top players never play on day 1. So, he should play his first round on day 2 or 3.

  29. JBISSO says:

    I sold 2 tickets for the semi-finals Men on june 7th.
    contact me free :

    Other tickets availabale 😉

  30. Dean says:

    It appears that only tickets in groups of 2 are available from Viagogo – is this correct ?

    I am just looking for a good single ticket for Friday May 31 – is it possible to purchase single tickets on any given day at the gates ?


  31. ludmilla says:

    Hi Dean,

    No you can’t buy tickets at the gates.

    As for Viagogo, no you don’t have to buy by group of 2. It depends on the number of tickets the person sells.
    For example here you can buy by 1, 2 or 4: and here 1 or 2:

  32. AJ says:

    The article above says that it’s possible to buy tickets at the ticket office on the day of the event but Ludmilla says no, you can’t. Which is correct? I am looking for 3 tickets on Day 2 or 3. Probably day 2. I haven’t found an option for 3 tickets. Any suggestions?

  33. ludmilla says:

    Hi AJ, I wrote the article.
    It’s possible to buy tickets at the gate only for the qualifiers.

    PS: please tell me where I said otherwise so I can correct it. Thx

  34. Hey there…Check out
    Championship Tennis Tours has great tickets. We went with them last year for the semis and finals and it worked out just fine.

  35. ludmilla says:

    @Leslie: it costs an arm and a leg…

  36. @leslie says:

    @leslie. If you know a better way to get tickets for the Men’s semis and finals, please let me know. Championship Tennis Tours has tickets for less than 500 euros for the Men’s finals. Viagogo, the official site, had nothing for under 1000 euros for the semis and finals…I hope you’re enjoying the tennis!

  37. ludmilla says:

    Hoo, relax, not worth getting upset like this.
    Perhaps it’s worth it to buy semifinals and finals tickets with Championships tennis tour I don’t know, I can’t afford it. But what I know is that Championships Tennis Tours sell ground passes for 155$ for Friday! Those ground passes were sold 24€ on the official site.
    155$ for ground passes for me, that’s an arm and a leg.

  38. Pierre says:

    Good night, I sell a few 1st category tickets for Saturday the 1st of June 2013 and Sunday the 2nd of June 2013 on Suzanne Lenglen. You can contact me per email at for more details.

  39. Nicholas Heathorn says:

    Hi, does anyone know if one can turn up today at the gates and buy ground passes??


  40. ludmilla says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    No it’s not possible.

  41. Eric Rimestone says:

    We also booked wrth Championship Tennis Tours for the quarters, semis, and finals last year and the tickets were amazing. Seats were all In the Borotra tribune, Catégory One. Not cheap but we highly recommand them. Spoke with Chris. Very good to work with.

  42. Tony says:

    Do you have any information on getting 2014 tickets? I’d like to get 2 tix on Wed, June 4 and Fri, June 6. Do you think I have any chance (short of buying VIP tickets)?? Thanks

  43. ludmilla says:

    HI Tony, sale for all tickets for general public starts on March 12

  44. Katie says:


    I’m planning to book the VIP package “The Players” for Friday May 30th and would like to know if I’m making the right choice?! Also, what time do I have to be there for the welcome breakfast and the guided tour around the Phillipe-Chatrier court? I have a city tour booked in the morning and The Player packages are sold on for Sat.

    This will be my first time ever so all advice/feedback are welcome! I’m all ear!

    Many thanks.

  45. Katie says:

    Also, those Sold Out categories, do these mean they are no longer available even they are not yet release to the general public or will they become available when Mar 12th comes?

  46. ludmilla says:

    Hi Katie, matches begin at 11am on Friday 30th, so if you have breakfast + guided tour I guess you have to be at the stadium before 10am.
    I doubt you can combine your city tour and your breakfast + RG tour.

  47. Nargiza says:

    Hi, does anybody know what time tickets to general public will be available on March 12th? Or people just sit and wait the whole day, and the sale can start any time

  48. ludmilla says:

    Hi, tickets are usually on sale around 7am (GMT+1)

  49. Simon says:

    Hi Ludmilla,

    Thanks for your information on the site. From your experience, could the men’s semis / final tickets already sold out before public sales since tickets were on sale to French Federation of Tennis since Jan??!



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