HELP: Purchasing Tickets for French Open

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  1. flyingsquirrel808

    flyingsquirrel808 New User

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    My wife and I are in Europe for our honeymoon and wanted to find information on the best and safest way to purchase tickets for the French Open.

    We would like to see any of later rounds starting from the QF's (If possible, i know we're a lil late!) This would be our first ever SLAM or big tennis tournament (as we are from Hawaii) and would like to make it rather memorable :).

    Looking from any experience from members of this forum who have traveled to Paris for this event, or even people from the French community!

    In return if you happen to be in Honolulu. I will happily oblige to play tour guide for a day or if you prefer to play tennis I can do that too! There are several public courts (free) to play on.

    Thanks and Aloha!
     
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  2. PrinceMoron

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    Go to Wimbledon instead, at least the weather will be warmer, and if it rains there is a cover on centre court so you are guaranteed play.

    However, getting tickets for FO is easier and cheaper
     
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  3. gavna

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    WHAT??????? It's not warmer in the UK in June than Paris! You can wake up to frost on the ground outside London in June......weather in Paris that time of year is excellent, some afternoon showers but normally dry and warm.
     
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  4. gavna

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    As for tickets you are very vey late.....your best set is to log on to the RG 2012 site and create an account (just follow the directions....they have and English site). Once you have an account you will be able to see what tickets are left....by now I would doubt any of the show court seats are left for anything but you an see. They may still have some of the premimum packages..... Very easy to do - good luck.
     
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  5. PrinceMoron

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    I have a flat, well a box in Neuilly, and it is always wet and cold during the FO.
    I have been baked at Wimbledon and frozen in Paris the last 3 years.
    Still, all better than NY recently, could we all vacate the stadium due to threat of electrocution....
     
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  6. peoplespeace

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    Nonsense, i was at FO in 2010 and the weather was amazing! What are u smoking??!:confused:
     
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  7. gavna

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    The weather is the weather - that time of year in Paris is PRIME tourist season and is one of the best times of year to be in Paris and yes they had a few bad days of rain and a few days of cooler than normal weather......we have an apartment in the 16th 2 metro stops from the M-A-Auteuil station and have been going to RG since I was a kid (35+ times). It's been hot and dry and it's been cool but no way is it on average warmer and dryer in London at hat time of year.hahahahaha
     
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  8. PrinceMoron

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    Gitanes and Gauloise bleu

    June 2010 Soderling v Federer

    Umpire is wearing a vest, shirt, wolly jumper, jacket and a scarf. The only thing that was hot was Soderling that day.

    Finals day is hot, but week one on court at 11 am and it is just you and the penguins.
     
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  9. gavna

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    Ahahahahaha - very good.....i'm still wondering what these services are to make married couples happy?
     
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  10. PrinceMoron

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    No, good for you, I shouldn't pass comment on someone's language when I thought a mouchoir was a moustache and cane a peche was a can of peaches. I know someone who thought the name of the train station he was at in Spain was Salida.
     
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  11. TennisFan1337

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    Hey guys!

    I was looking forward to visiting Wimbledon myself this year! Can anyone tell me where can I get some tickets and what's the price for them?
     
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  12. rommil

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    Thursday I should be able to download etickets for the FO:)
     
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  13. gavna

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    Wow you are SOL! the public and the LTA ballots are already done and closed for 2012. You had to have had your application in by 31/12/2011 for the public ballot.

    your current options are:
    1. Queue up daily for the 500 or so tkts released each day.
    2. The day before play a slot of a few hundred tickets will be released online at ticketmaster for sale for center court and court 3.
    3. Buy online from a 3rd party - current prices range from $550 to $1500 per seat for the first week and the Semis and Finals prices are at $5000+ per seat already.
     
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  15. PrinceMoron

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    So how is the weather at FO now? You are probably on a beach somewhere, sensibly avoiding the rain in Paris.
     
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    Been here for over 2 weeks now. Some spotty rain a few times....warmer and more direct sun last week. Today overcast but close to 20 (69f). Really nice - when the sun pops out its warm. Worst day was Monday - gloomy and chilly. Today wa supposed to be the worst day of the week but not bad.
    I'm right now sitting outside court no1 eating an ice cream with wife and kiddies as we take a break from the Nadal match.
     
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    So March 12 is when French Open tickets are available to general public this year but does anybody know if there is a specific, (Paris) time they go on sale? The email notice I got from FFT only states, "From the morning of March 12" so I'm not sure what time, (Pacific Coast) I should start hovering over my keyboard!




    Gavna -

    Thank you for your very usefull posts in all the French Open threads - helped out a lot! One question though...How do you usually sort out your stadium court choices for your trips? I'm a bit used to Indian Wells where even a General Admission only ticket gets you into all stadiums/courts so I feel like I'm gonna pick the "bad" court, (like matchwise) lol. I'm sorta planning,(assuming I get my tickets in the first place) something like...

    Monday - Outside courts only
    Tuesday - Bullring
    Wednesday - Lenglen
    Thursday - Chartrier

    Any tips on which stadium to pick for the matches is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Does anyone know the exact time the ticketing will be available ?
    In the morning isn't that specific.
     
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  20. Lea

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    I received an email- tomorrow ticket sales opens.
    "Dear Sir or Madam,
    We are delighted to announce that ticket sales for the 2014
    French Open at Roland-Garros at Roland Garros will open on the morning of 12th March."

    Was there last year, bought tickets 1 month before via viagogo for SL court first week, was nice.
    I would now buy tickets for PC court (better matches), but considering Wimbledon this year.
    Good luck!
     
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  21. LeBaron

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    Go on the website around 7.30 am Paris time.
    It might not open at this time but I remember that for people with a tennis license, it was around 8 am
     
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  22. sabala

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    Got French Open tickets! Just like I was looking for! Monday - outside courts, Tuesday - Bullring, (cat2) Wednesday - Lenglen, (cat1) and Thursday - Chartrier, (cat1).

    Basically I just got onto the FFT tickets page at 10pm PST, (6am Paris time) and just kept hitting the refresh button every so often. The page wasn't the regular page but almost like a maintenance page - just figured they were getting everything ready. Finally at 11pm a different page popped up and said I was in a queue for tickets. There was a big 30 MINUTES on the screen. I noticed the page would kinda refresh itself but the 30 mins wasn't changing. Anyway I guess after 25 mins it changed to a big 5 MINUTES on screen. Sure enough after 5 minutes the reg FFT tickets page(site) came on and I logged in and was able to order my tickets.

    I did have a few problems however -

    On the PDF guide I posted, it mentions a map of the court appears and you can choose a section of the court where you're seat will be. I never saw this, when I picked my court/category it already just picked a seat for me and I could see the 3d view from that seat. However later after purchase, I saw "map" to click on and the court showing the different sections appeared. So maybe I was supposed to click on that 1st, then pick a section - I'm not sure though...

    Another problem was when I hit "next step" and got to 3rd step, "Options" the page just kept on loading and saying "please wait"... I waited and waited but it never loaded. I actually lost my 1st ticket choices as I waited for the page to load and watched my 15mins expire. So went through ticket selection again and same thing happened. I refreshed the page which got me outta Step 3 and still had my current ticket selections in Cart. I just went straight to "Check out" to finalize my order and skipped over Step 3 & 4. It worked, however...

    Next problem was after entering my CC info and checking off the I agree to terms/conditions box, a pop up would say I need to check the terms/conditions box to continue. I click on yes and it takes me back to blank CC info page. I went through this process like 5 or 6 times before it finally went through and I got my confirmation email! I was a bit nervous during the problems but just kept trying. Glad I didn't give up - I came close for a second!

    Anyway, hope this helps anyone looking to get French Open tix in future. I'm guessing they don't give the exact time of sale on purpose - maybe it helps avoid huge bottleneck??


    Also -

    Found this video of "unofficial visitor's guide to Roland-Garros" someone made on You Tube. Gives a pretty good idea of being at the grounds...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MXe7ipEL24
     
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