The Best Ticket Tips for Attending the French Open this Year
Each year GFE Sport provides a review of the best French Open Tickets, Tips and Traveller advise for those planning to watch the tennis at Roland Garros.
This year looks to be another stunning year for Grand Slam Tennis and Tickets for the French Open will sell quickly.
So, where is the best place to buy French Open Tickets? What about seating, eating and transport?
GFE Sport has released it's Top Ticket and Roland Garros Travellers Review for this years Grand Slam in Paris. You can read the full article, along with links to the top ticket sites online on the GFE Sport French Open Ticket and Event Guide.
Here are the highlights.
Buying French Open Tickets
The French Open runs tight controls on ticket purchases to prevent scalpers. The tickets should be preassigned to the customer by name and only come from legitimate websites like Viagogo or Sports Events 365.
You can get some seats at the box office but tickets are only sold in advance so no same day sales at the gate at Roland Garros.
Most spectators consider to view the first week of play as the best for the general public.
There is another ticket alternative - for the very brave. The "Evening visitors" tickets are offered at reduced prices and give you access to the seats vacated by spectators leaving the stadium. it's risky, but it could get you in.
Fom 17.00 the day before attending: reserve online an "Evening Visitors" Pass. From 15.00 the day of attending, present the "Evening Visitors" Pass and queue at Gate B – Mousquetaires. Enter the stadium directly and access only to outside courts from 17.00.
Alternatively you could upgrade your pass to a show court ticket on paying the price difference and enter the stadium from 17.00. Prices are from €12 and above and children under 6 years of age get in for free
Follow the ticketing requirements that have been emailed to you and make sure you bring your ID with you. When I first went I wondered how they could check everyone’s ID at the gate but the system is really efficient, one person scans your print out and prints your tickets and the next person checks the name on the ticket with the name on the ID.
Accommodation and Eating Out in Paris
Paris is easily one of the most expensive hotel cities in Europe and at Grand Slam time it's even worse as it's also the start of the summer tourist season.
GFE Sport recommends you look online at sites like Booking.com where you might be able to score a cheap apartment for the week. Apartments should be preferred over Hotels, unless you have money to burn.
You can rent a 2 bedroom apartment in a decent area for around €750 to €1000 a week. If you want to stay in the Roland Garros precinct you can find one and two bedroom apartments from €900 to €1800 per week. Now and then you will find a 3 day option, but not often.
If you travel out to Roland Garros and need some food, there is a huge Carrefour very close to the stadium. There is also a nice park with greenhouses (serres d'Auteuil) next to the stadium that would make a nice place for a picnic. Otherwise, Auteuil is worth a visit and has some good restaurants.
If you get hungry and want some good pizza in a hurry while you're near Roland Garros, there are some good quick eats about a 5-10 minute walk from the stadium.
Getting around Paris is easy. The Metro is the best system in the world and runs like clockwork. Buses as well and taxis are cheap and the Metro system Website has full details on buying tickets and passes so you can get around Paris and Roland Garros with ease.
A week pass called the PARIS VISITE Pass and gets you Metro and Museum access for 3 days or more.
Take the metro – Line 10, Gare d’Austerlitz-Boulogne – to the Porte d’Auteuil station the morning of the tournament. Walk east to Roland Garros on Avenue de la Porte D’Auteuil with the crowd of tennis fans. Plan to stay all day. Once inside, make sure you explore the full tennis complex.
Given the language barrier, it’s best to have your entire trip planned out before venturing over to Paris. You want all the information you will need on the French Open Tennis Tournament in order to make your trip to Roland Garros and Paris a successful one.
Again, GFE Sport recommends that the best time to visit is in the first week of the tournament. You'll be able to see most of the players attending the Grand Slam and there will be some great matches even on outside courts.
The second week starts with more doubles play and the junior tournament. Most of the main matches will be played on the main centre courts. 2.
The best seats, in our opinion, are behind the baselines. If you sit there, you won't have to move your head left and right all the time and you'll be able to see much better the tactics and the accuracy of the players.
Which ever way you do it, we hope you get to the game and enjoy the best of the best perform on the red clay at the French Open this year.