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French Open


27 Mai 10 Jun, 2018 | Paris, France


Seating guide for the French Open

mike.jpg The French Open, or Roland Garros as it’s also known, is the most famous clay court tournament in the world.

The Tournament Location:

The tournament takes place in Paris at the end of spring, so the weather is usually delightful during the day, generally in the mid 70’s to low 80’s.  The nights are also nice and generally perfect for a stroll along the Seine as the city of lights comes to life.  The tournament site is located in the very southwest corner of Paris, nestled up against the sprawling Bois de Boulogne.  The neighborhood, called the 16th,  is considered very bourgeois and old money.  Here you’ll find lots of very expensive apartment buildings lined with gorgeous trees and tons of poodles.  The neighborhood gets very quiet after the last visitors to the country’s most highly attended and anticipated annual sporting event have gone home for the night. It’s not the most exciting part of town as there’s really nothing to do in this part of the city for a tourist outside of visiting Roland Garros. At the same time, you’re not far at all from some of the greatest tourist destinations in Paris.  The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are both just 10 minutes away.

There are a few metro stations surrounding Roland Garros that clients exit to walk toward the tennis, the main one being Metro Porte d’Auteuil.  The entrance is only about ¼ a mile from the Porte d’Auteuil metro stop.    As you get off the Metro stop, there are a few cafes just outside the entrance to the metro station where you can sit and enjoy a coffee and croissant.  You’ll also find local boulangeries, chinese take out places, and a few grocery stores where you can get water, fruit, chocolate or whatever else you’d like to bring into the tennis with you.  The French tend to get a nice picnic together for their time at the tennis to avoid paying the exorbitant prices inside. Avoid the lines and grab a nice big bag of cherries and a large Evian!

Ticket Options at the French Open through Championship Tennis Tours:

Option 1.  Philippe Chatrier  Court Tickets. Seating capacity approximately 15,000:  
Book a reserved ticket on Philippe Chatrier (Center Court).  We offer tickets in Category 1, 2 or 3.  The Category 1 tickets are in the lower bowl of the stadium, and are situated  just above the corporate Loge Level seats.  Tickets are available in each of the 4 main tribunes of the stadium: The Borotra and Cochet tribunes are situated on the west and east sides respectively, and then the Brugnon and Lacoste tribunes are situated in the north and south sides of the court respectively.   The Presidential Tribune where you’ll see in addition the President of the FFT sitting with his guests, you’ll also see some notable celebrities and past Roland Garros champions.   We’re able to secure tickets by special request in the Loge Level seats which often come with hospitality included as well.  These Loge tickets are extremely hard to secure, so expect to pay top dollar for these seats. With a reserved ticket on Court Philippe Chatrier you have access to all the outside (annex) courts that allow general admission seating.
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Option 2. Suzanne Lenglen Tickets: Seating capacity approximately 10,000 seats.
Book reserved tickets for the other main show court “Stade Suzanne Lenglen”.    Although the Stade Suzanne Lenglen is not considered the Center Court where the finals take place, there will still be excellent featured matches through to Wednesday of the second week. If this is your first time to attend the Roland Garros, I would certainly recommend you purchasing tickets on Philippe Chatrier.  If you are going to be attending several days at Roland Garros, then it might make sense to purchase a ticket on Suzanne Lenglen, just so you can check it out.  
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Option 3. Grounds or “Annex” tickets as they are known in French:
These tickets will provide you with seating on a first come first served basis to the annex courts located around the Roland Garros grounds.  For the first week of the tournament, the variety of matches available to watch and lower prices make tickets for the outside courts very popular. With the Grounds or Annex tickets you will have access to the entirety of the public areas in the Grounds, these tickets allow you to watch the action on almost 20 different courts over the course of the day.  

The Roland Garros Tournament Grounds:



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French Open 2018 Schedule of Play

Date

Session

Gates Open

Play Starts

Sun May 27

Day-First Round

10.00am

11.00am

Mon May 28

Day-First Round

10.00am

11.00am

Tue May 29

Day-First Round

10.00am

11.00am

Wed May 30

Day-Second Round

10.00am

11.00am

Thu May 31

Day-Second Round

10.00am

11.00am

Fri Jun 1

Day-Third Round

10.00am

11.00am

Sat Jun 2

Day-Third Round

10.00am

11.00am

Sun Jun 3

Day-Fourth Round

10.00am

11.00am

Mon Jun 4

Day-Fourth Round

10.00am

11.00am

Tue Jun 5

Day-Quarter Finals

10.00am

11.00am

Wed Jun 6

Day-Quarter Finals

11.00am

12.00pm

Thu Jun 7

Day-Women’s Semi Finals

11.00am

12.00pm

Fri Jun 8

Day-Men’s Semi Finals

11.00am

12.00pm

Sat Jun 9

Day-Women’s Finals

11.00am

12.00pm

Sun Jun 10

Day -Men’s Finals

11.00am

12.00pm

French Open Tickets are Personalized and Emailed:

French Open Tickets are registered and transferred into the name of a specific ticket holder.  We gather that information the names and birthdates of each of the people you are purchasing tickets for at the time of your order.  If you don’t have it available at the time of purchase, you can provide that to us at a later time. The attendees will need to show government issued ID, and the name on it must match the name on the ticket. Reserved tickets in the Philippe Chatrier (Center Court) or the Suzanne Lenglen stadium also give you access to the outside courts, known as the Annex courts. Tickets are all sold by category.  

French Open Ticket Delivery:

French Open tickets are all in E -Ticket format and are delivered to you via email approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your first date of tennis that you have ordered.

Getting out to the Tennis:



You can obviously take a taxi or private car out to the tennis, but the fastest way considering the traffic in Paris is to take their subway system. The “Metro” as it’s called is by far the best way out to Roland Garros.  It is incredibly efficient and safe.  Depending on where you’re staying in Paris, you’re endpoint will be the Metro station Porte D’auteuil.  If you’re coming from anywhere in the St. Germain area, you’ll take the  #10 line direction Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud.

French Open into the future

The French Open finally got the Paris city council’s approval to move forward on a long awaited modernization plan for the tournament.  The plans are very ambitious and will be incredible once completed.  They include expanding the tournament site, adding a roof over the main Philippe Chatrier Center Court which should be ready by 2020, a new 5500 seat show court to be located in the Botanical Gardens just outside the current grounds.  With a roof on center court there’s a strong chance we will also likely see evening sessions as well. http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/content/new_stadium/the_new_rg_stadium.html