French Open personal experience = meh

What is your favorite tournament

  • Australian Open

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • French Open

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • Wimbledon

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • US Open

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • BNP Indian Wells

    Votes: 3 27.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 27.3%

  • Total voters
    11

woodje12

Rookie
Don't get me wrong, Paris in the spring is pretty spectacular as is the RG landscaping, but I have to say RG was a disappointment in terms of pure tennis. I would put my fan experience at 2017 Indian Wells far above it and probably even 2015 Cincinnati above it. Here's why:

1) Scheduling -- Nadal played on the day we had tix but they put him on the #2 court, Lenglen...WTH?? 10 time winner with not many other male stars available (no Fed, no Murray, no Stan, no Kyrgios...) and they put him on #2 court which is only available with reserved seating. The Tennis Podcast has also remarked on strange scheduling (Djokovic also played on Lenglen the next day?); glad I paid more for an inferior product by booking #1 court Chartrier?! At IW, you can get into Stadium 2 for general admission at least and same at Cincinnati IIRC.

2) Seating -- the closest (box) and 2nd closest seats in Chartrier were less than a quarter full while the top deck was almost full for the day -- way to reward the Champagne sipper society folks and not the actual fans there to see you know, tennis

3) Fan experience -- the Chartrier jumbotron never showed other scores or updates (or employed a ticker at the bottom, etc.) and with the spotty wifi, I had no idea what was going on in the rest of the tournament

4) Layout -- the layout for RG has to be improved; I understand it is an older site with limited expansion opportunities but look how Wimbledon went underground to free up space (or the Louvre Pyramid for that matter); walking around is difficult and awkward as is seeing the outer courts (the scheduling probably doesn't help that either with mediocre matches in the show courts drives more people to the outside

5) Security -- I'm all for security, and it didn't bother my wife in the least, but do you really need to check my bag 3(!) separate times before entering only then to have to present your passport for id verification; seemed onerous frankly

Again, I fully realize this is a first world problem but I just found it a bit disappointing all things considered. In fact, I would say the family and I probably enjoyed the half day we spent at the Wimbledon tour and museum as much, if not more, while on our vacation.
 
Don't get me wrong, Paris in the spring is pretty spectacular as is the RG landscaping, but I have to say RG was a disappointment in terms of pure tennis. I would put my fan experience at 2017 Indian Wells far above it and probably even 2015 Cincinnati above it. Here's why:

1) Scheduling -- Nadal played on the day we had tix but they put him on the #2 court, Lenglen...WTH?? 10 time winner with not many other male stars available (no Fed, no Murray, no Stan, no Kyrgios...) and they put him on #2 court which is only available with reserved seating. The Tennis Podcast has also remarked on strange scheduling (Djokovic also played on Lenglen the next day?); glad I paid more for an inferior product by booking #1 court Chartrier?! At IW, you can get into Stadium 2 for general admission at least and same at Cincinnati IIRC.

2) Seating -- the closest (box) and 2nd closest seats in Chartrier were less than a quarter full while the top deck was almost full for the day -- way to reward the Champagne sipper society folks and not the actual fans there to see you know, tennis

3) Fan experience -- the Chartrier jumbotron never showed other scores or updates (or employed a ticker at the bottom, etc.) and with the spotty wifi, I had no idea what was going on in the rest of the tournament

4) Layout -- the layout for RG has to be improved; I understand it is an older site with limited expansion opportunities but look how Wimbledon went underground to free up space (or the Louvre Pyramid for that matter); walking around is difficult and awkward as is seeing the outer courts (the scheduling probably doesn't help that either with mediocre matches in the show courts drives more people to the outside

5) Security -- I'm all for security, and it didn't bother my wife in the least, but do you really need to check my bag 3(!) separate times before entering only then to have to present your passport for id verification; seemed onerous frankly

Again, I fully realize this is a first world problem but I just found it a bit disappointing all things considered. In fact, I would say the family and I probably enjoyed the half day we spent at the Wimbledon tour and museum as much, if not more, while on our vacation.
Grounds passes better value. The year I went, I bought grounds pass first day and enjoyed it. The next day we splurged and bought a Chatrier pass for discount from a scalper - ended up spending most of time watching outer courts anyway, or waiting for rain delays.
 

Rattler

Hall of Fame
For my favorite I put Indian Wells.
My favorite Tennis Tournament memory is going to Wimbledon the first time. I was stationed in England, only a 30 minute train ride from London. Looked forward to Queens & Wimbledon every year I was there.

The Australian is also an excellent event; however, coming from Texas the air travel to get there is a drag, in the truest sense of the word.
 

Jimbud

Semi-Pro
Don't get me wrong, Paris in the spring is pretty spectacular as is the RG landscaping, but I have to say RG was a disappointment in terms of pure tennis. I would put my fan experience at 2017 Indian Wells far above it and probably even 2015 Cincinnati above it. Here's why:

1) Scheduling -- Nadal played on the day we had tix but they put him on the #2 court, Lenglen...WTH?? 10 time winner with not many other male stars available (no Fed, no Murray, no Stan, no Kyrgios...) and they put him on #2 court which is only available with reserved seating. The Tennis Podcast has also remarked on strange scheduling (Djokovic also played on Lenglen the next day?); glad I paid more for an inferior product by booking #1 court Chartrier?! At IW, you can get into Stadium 2 for general admission at least and same at Cincinnati IIRC.

2) Seating -- the closest (box) and 2nd closest seats in Chartrier were less than a quarter full while the top deck was almost full for the day -- way to reward the Champagne sipper society folks and not the actual fans there to see you know, tennis

3) Fan experience -- the Chartrier jumbotron never showed other scores or updates (or employed a ticker at the bottom, etc.) and with the spotty wifi, I had no idea what was going on in the rest of the tournament

4) Layout -- the layout for RG has to be improved; I understand it is an older site with limited expansion opportunities but look how Wimbledon went underground to free up space (or the Louvre Pyramid for that matter); walking around is difficult and awkward as is seeing the outer courts (the scheduling probably doesn't help that either with mediocre matches in the show courts drives more people to the outside

5) Security -- I'm all for security, and it didn't bother my wife in the least, but do you really need to check my bag 3(!) separate times before entering only then to have to present your passport for id verification; seemed onerous frankly

Again, I fully realize this is a first world problem but I just found it a bit disappointing all things considered. In fact, I would say the family and I probably enjoyed the half day we spent at the Wimbledon tour and museum as much, if not more, while on our vacation.
Thanks for posting this. As someone with a bucket list that includes hitting a lot of the majors, I’m always curious to hear a real tennis fan’s impressions of tournaments. I’ve never heard a bad thing about Cinci, and Houston looks like it would be cool, but the slams are still tops on my list, with Wimbledon first.
 
I happened to be in town for business during the Buenos Aires Open. Got a lot more intimate viewing of good players there. Less crowded in stands. Better concentration of top 50 players. Better value than the French for clay court ATP tournament.
 

woodje12

Rookie
Thanks for posting this. As someone with a bucket list that includes hitting a lot of the majors, I’m always curious to hear a real tennis fan’s impressions of tournaments. I’ve never heard a bad thing about Cinci, and Houston looks like it would be cool, but the slams are still tops on my list, with Wimbledon first.
Glad it was helpful. It's what I like to read as well so I can prioritize my own tennis travel budget. After the Wimbledon tour, which was excellent in its own rite, I'd give my pinkie toe for a ticket to Center Court! Cinci definitely had that ******* friendly and just helpful attitude while Indian Wells spared no expense for the fans (in both the stands and the suites!).
 

woodje12

Rookie
Glad it was helpful. It's what I like to read as well so I can prioritize my own tennis travel budget. After the Wimbledon tour, which was excellent in its own rite, I'd give my pinkie toe for a ticket to Center Court! Cinci definitely had that ******* friendly and just helpful attitude while Indian Wells spared no expense for the fans (in both the stands and the suites!).
Oh geez, FYI the censoring there is for a certain region of the US known for its friendly people, which also shares a name with a supplier and TW competitor hence the censoring...
 
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