Attending Roland garros/Wimbledon

#1
I am planning a trip to London and Paris and I am wondering if i managed a five week trip that overlapped with the second week of RG and the first week of Wimbledon how easy/expensive it would be to attend both events. Anybody that has experience with attending i am trying to figure out how the process of getting tickets compares with the US Open for example. I live in New York so attending the USO is pretty straightforward for me, thre are times where i buy tickets in advance but also where ive wanted to wait until after the draw or when a specific match is scheduled and while you do pay more is certainly fairly easy to get the tickets and not super expensive. I have gone to USO finals and many other sessions and its not like money is no object to me but you can get into a USO final for around $300-$350 if you dont care about having an outstanding seat (ive had decent seats and not so decent seats lol). In this case i would care more about getting in the venues including the main courts and not so much having the best seats in the world). Granted Arthur Ashe is huge so there are many more seats but my understanding is that RG is similar in this regard in that the tickets especially for the second week will be expensive but doable. Wimbledon is where im unsure because ive read/heard that ticket prices even for early rounds on Centre Court can be astronomical and also very complicated with the queue system etc. And if im going through all this trouble to attend these events i would definitely need to see a match on Centre court and Chatrier, i cant see feeling satisfied with being that close and only having a grounds pass or something. So if i didnt have tickets ahead of time how easy and/or expensive would it be to do these events with tickets on the main courts that dont have to be the best seats in the house and is this even possible especially with Wimbledon? Any info appreciated. Thanks
 
#2
First round Wimbledon on the black marked for CC is about 1000£. You cannot buy tickets online. Another option is 2 days in a queue and you have to sleep and live in the queue. Or you need really good contacts in the tennis scene.

RG you can get tickets online if you are really early to buy them.
Same w all masters in Europe. I’m sure good seats already selling out.
 
#3
Getting tickets for Wimbledon is anything but straightforward. Some people actually set up tents and sleep outside in the queue for days.
I have been 3 times myself, although I have not slept outside, once I queued for about 7 hours (I got there very early in the morning and got in around 1p.m. with a ground pass) and another couple of times I was lucky enough to get tickets through my tennis club as I entered (and won) the ballot that the LTA sets up every year, once for ground pass and once for Centre Court. Winning the ballot means you get the chance to buy your ticket online at a reasonable price, and as far as I know that is the only way you can book online.
The other option you might want to consider (apart from sleeping there overnight I mean, as you would not be able to enter the ballot) is to try and buy "second hand tickets" (from people who don't want to stay all day and give their tickets back for resale at a cheaper price) but you still have to queue for them and, obviously, you only end up getting in late in the afternoon and only for a few hours.
 

ARaj

New User
#4
RG - online sales start sometime in Feb. I went over a weekend once, had Lenglen tickets one day and grounds passes the next. Careful with a grounds pass as the outside courts get really full with local support for the smaller names so you sometimes need to queue to get on to court 3/4 etc! And it gets very crowded but I guess they are expanding at the moment.

I've been to wimbledon twice:
First time, go there at 10am to queue on Day 1; got in at 5pm, went to the resale counter and got centre court tickets to watch Nadal
Second time was 3 years ago, got there at 6am to queue, day 1 again, got into the grounds at 11am (gates open at 10) and watched tennis on the outside courts. Around 4pm, most of the debenture seats empty out and so got a resale ticket from the resale queue to centre court and watch federer
The grounds passes are about £20 and the resale tickets are £10 for centre, £5 for court 1. Pretty good value i'd say
 
#5
RG - online sales start sometime in Feb. I went over a weekend once, had Lenglen tickets one day and grounds passes the next. Careful with a grounds pass as the outside courts get really full with local support for the smaller names so you sometimes need to queue to get on to court 3/4 etc! And it gets very crowded but I guess they are expanding at the moment.

I've been to wimbledon twice:
First time, go there at 10am to queue on Day 1; got in at 5pm, went to the resale counter and got centre court tickets to watch Nadal
Second time was 3 years ago, got there at 6am to queue, day 1 again, got into the grounds at 11am (gates open at 10) and watched tennis on the outside courts. Around 4pm, most of the debenture seats empty out and so got a resale ticket from the resale queue to centre court and watch federer
The grounds passes are about £20 and the resale tickets are £10 for centre, £5 for court 1. Pretty good value i'd say
Yes but if you travel from another country and doing the resale, which is a big gamble, it’s a big chance you have travelled that long to watch one WTA match on c1.
So it’s not something I would recommend for someone not living in London.
 
#7
For the US Open you can buy tickets on resale online through places like Ticketmaster. Is there something equivalent for Wimbledon and RG?
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
#9
RG and Wimbledon are difficult for tickets if youre not in the ballot ( for W ), and if you don't get in there on the first day RG tickets are online.

Ive 'won' the Wimbledon ballot one time, but chose not to take the tickets, as it was for ladies doubles.
As for RG, ive been once, and plan on possibly going this year again. First day of sale tickets are a must for the big courts.
 
#10
i was at rg semis in 2014. ticket sale for non frenchmen will start at the beginning of march.
the time at this day when the tickets go on sale was in 2014 around 7 o clock at the morning.
you should log in earliere an will come on a ticket counter...after this you can get your tickets...

but don´t waste time about cherrypicking of a special seat. get what you can get.

after this ypu got 15 (maybe 30) minutes time tocheck out and pa the tickets (only with credit card... i got 2013 smi tickets, but no credit card....and then no tickets....nadal vs djokovic 5 setter).

goog luck to you
 
#13
So if i did decide to not have tickets ahead of time or just couldnt get them, how much do you think id be looking at as far as ticket prices on Viagogo (they do have wimbledon tickets) or some other secondary market for each event on the main courts during the weeks of these two events? Like i said i do this often during the USO, i might wait to see where players line up in the draw and hope to catch a good match buying a ticket maybe 2-3 days ahead of time or something like that. I again realize that these two events have different systems then the USO but i want to understand what id be looking at pricewise if i was in Paris with no tickets for RG but hoped to buy them on say viagogo during the event itself for a match maybe a day or two later? Likewise how much for Wimbledon in the same scenerio? (fully understanding that it would be much harder and way more expensive but id still like to have an idea). Thank you again everybody for your input.
 
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