French Open suggestions

BDAZ

Professional
Hello! My wife and I will be in Paris during the French Open. Does anyone have any suggestions for attending? What court should we get tickets for? Do tickets for, say, Court Chatrier get you into Lenglen or Court 1 (likewise for Lenglen and court 1), or just that specific stadium? I imagine if you have tix for those courts, you can also go to any of the outside courts. Which is the main stadium, Chatrier? What's the schedule usually like at the end of the first week? At the US Open, there's a lot of doubles going on. Any thoughts and/or experiences would be helpful. Thanks!
 

surfandturf

New User
Hi BDAZ, I was lucky enough to go to the French Open last year. My ticket for Chatrier did NOT get me into Lenglen or court 1. I was able to see outer court matches, though. That said, I know they are doing some major renovations at Roland Garros (among other things, a roof for Chatrier) but from what I've read, it's slow going, so I'm not sure exactly what the ticket admissions situation will be. I'd check out their website and plan to be flexible.

It is an absolutely amazing place to watch tennis. The grounds I found to be much more intimate than the booming US Open, the food was awesome, the people working there so kind and helpful, and just an overall beautiful place (hello, it's Paris!)

I was lucky enough to be there when Rafa was playing, but unfortunately he was playing in Lenglen so my ticket wouldn't get me in. That said, they have a jumbotron with seating right outside of Chatrier and it was a pretty awesome atmosphere.

Have a great time!!
 

BDAZ

Professional
Thanks so much for your insight. Tickets went on sale yesterday so we need to order up. Incidentally, who was playing on Chatrier when Rafa was on Lenglen? Why would he not get the main court at Roalnd Garros, unless Chatrier is not the main court? Perhaps he prefers Lenglen so they gave him the choice. At what point in the tournament did you go?
 

BorgCash

Legend
Chartrie is the main court.
I visited Roland Garros three times. It's a great tournament, you can check the schedule on their site. It's very crowded at the weekends, but it's a common matter. You have to wait in line to get to the outside courts, there are no numbered seats, so ifv the court is full you can wait forever.
The main problem is weather. I was lucky, but if it's raining and cold you could hardly enjoy tennis. Also they can quit matches and you can lost your ticket.
 

EP1998

Semi-Pro
Yes ground passes (outside courts) are an option. The website will show what is available. There is also a resale period closer to the tournament. If you can't find anything available keep checking the website.
 

BDAZ

Professional
We ended up going with Grounds Passes. Ticket prices at this point were ridiculous for any of the stadiums. We're going Friday of the first week, while there are still main draw singles on the outside courts. Over the weekend, it looks like the only thing on the outside courts is doubles and juniors. Can't wait!
 
We ended up going with Grounds Passes. Ticket prices at this point were ridiculous for any of the stadiums. We're going Friday of the first week, while there are still main draw singles on the outside courts. Over the weekend, it looks like the only thing on the outside courts is doubles and juniors. Can't wait!
Good call.
 
When I attended the French in 2008, I found the best value and best experiences in the ground passes. However, one thing we found is that the reason the tickets for stadiums are scarce is because they have mostly been purchased by scalpers hoping to resale for higher. Once the day starts, many of these scalpers get caught with excess inventory that they can’t unload, and you can often negotiate a good deal at below face price, especially if the weather is iffy. They will be hanging out across the street from the venue and are easy to spot.
 

BDAZ

Professional
When I attended the French in 2008, I found the best value and best experiences in the ground passes. However, one thing we found is that the reason the tickets for stadiums are scarce is because they have mostly been purchased by scalpers hoping to resale for higher. Once the day starts, many of these scalpers get caught with excess inventory that they can’t unload, and you can often negotiate a good deal at below face price, especially if the weather is iffy. They will be hanging out across the street from the venue and are easy to spot.
Good to know. Thanks!
 

DUROC

Professional
When I attended the French in 2008, I found the best value and best experiences in the ground passes. However, one thing we found is that the reason the tickets for stadiums are scarce is because they have mostly been purchased by scalpers hoping to resale for higher. Once the day starts, many of these scalpers get caught with excess inventory that they can’t unload, and you can often negotiate a good deal at below face price, especially if the weather is iffy. They will be hanging out across the street from the venue and are easy to spot.
No longer any scalping of RG tickets. All the ticket sales are controlled and the only resale is via approved FFT sites and with no large “markups” face value plus the service fee. All tickets now must have a name attached to them and ID is checked at the gates.

The days of scalpers hanging around the Le Murat bistro down the street and along Porte Auteuil are long gone.

Also “les flics” are all over and anyone trying to resell tickets get arrested fast.
 

millicurie999

Semi-Pro
No longer any scalping of RG tickets. All the ticket sales are controlled and the only resale is via approved FFT sites and with no large “markups” face value plus the service fee. All tickets now must have a name attached to them and ID is checked at the gates.

The days of scalpers hanging around the Le Murat bistro down the street and along Porte Auteuil are long gone.

Also “les flics” are all over and anyone trying to resell tickets get arrested fast.
SO sad. That how I scored 2 ground passes with my friend. The funny thing is the scalped price for RG is cheaper than the official ground pass cost for the US Open. So much better than the US Open, in every way.
 
The time I visited, a ball (used in Mario Ancic / Andreas Seppi match) was left out on one of the outer courts when play was halted due to rain. I snagged it as a souvenir. The rubber seems firmer than the balls we use back home in the states.
 
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