At the end of May, the world’s top tennis greats compete in Paris for the second Grand Slam of the year and the only one played on clay, the French Open. There are multiple events and courts, all allowing you to maximize your time for the full two week event. The tournament started in 1891, and after switching several venues, it has been played at Stade Roland Garros since 1928.

Paris, often referred to as “The City of Light,” is a stunning backdrop as one of the world’s premiere centers of fashion, food and architecture. If Paris has always been a dream destination for you, what better way to enjoy all it has to offer while also watching our tennis greats play on one of their favorite courts? When you’re not enthralled at Philippe Chatrier, prepare to shop at world class specialty boutiques, dine at traditional bistros as well as high end modern eateries, take romantic walks through some of the world’s most charming gardens and experience truly iconic monuments.

Roland Garros French Open Schedule and Tickets

Ticket Options

Of all the tennis tournaments, even the Grand Slams, no one guards their tickets more closely than the Roland Garros French Open. The good news is they are available to the public, though the demand is far greater than the supply. The Roland Garros website (rolandgarros.com) sells their tickets over several phases and through various places.

  • Premium Tickets – earliest on sale through their site. These packages include perks like an indoor lounge overlooking the courts, food and drinks, player meet and greets and other upscale freebies.
  • Agencies – Roland Garros sells their tickets via hand-selected partners, who mostly offer very upscale vacations to the French Open, but also offer individual tickets. The official recommended agency will depend on your country and they are all listed on the RG website.
  • Individual Tickets – on sale March 22, 2017. You must first create your account on the RG site and hopefully, you will score them within the first few on-sale hours.
  • Resale Tickets – starting in April, ticket owners can resell their personal tickets or packages through the official exchange. Thanks to this resale service, new tickets can be sold at any time until the last day of the tournament, at the official price, with the guarantee to get authentic tickets. Keep an eye on the website.
  • Ticket Resellers – while these sites are not "officially" approved by Roland Garros (they actually make a big deal out of not buying from resellers), they do allow those who REALLY want to watch an opportunity to buy tickets. These are also VERY reputable companies, with excellent customer service and 100% guaranteed tickets. Our recommended reseller sites include Viagogo and StubHub, and TicketLiquidator.

Visiting the French Open at Roland Garros

A few tips about the French Open, especially as compared to other Grand Slam and tennis events:

  • Day Sessions only – no night sessions, however you can buy night tickets (5pm entry) for the early days of the tournament allowing you to catch the ends of matches, practices or just walk the grounds.
  • Qualifying Rounds – are not free (like the US Open), tickets are minimal (€20) but you must reserve them
  • Show Courts: Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, Court No. 1. The 21-acre tennis complex consists of 20 tennis courts, including 3 stadiums – Court Philippe Chatrier with a capacity of 14,840 people, Court Suzanne Lenglen with a capacity of 10,068 people, and Court 1 which can accommodate 3,800 tennis fans at the time.
  • Ticket Limit – there is a 4 ticket maximum per person (for individual tickets) for the entire tournament. One person can buy two tickets for 2 different days. Or a group of 4 can purchase 4 tickets for one day. But if that same group of 4 wants to go on two different days, they will need two people and 2 credit cards to make the purchase.
  • Rounds – the first round is 3 days of tennis, all other rounds are 2 days (except the finals)
  • Showing ID – you MUST show a photo ID that exactly matches the name on your ticket. Read the guidelines carefully as it is often a passport and not even a Driver’s License required to be allowed on the grounds.
  • The Legends Trophy is a highlight of the French Open. It hosts history’s tennis greats in a fun and less competitive atmosphere. If you’ve never seen your favorite players when there is slightly less pressure at stake, it is a blast to see them let their guard down and play with each other and the audience.
  • Kristin wrote a great article definitely worth reading: Roland Garros: 5 Tips for Enjoying a Day at the French Open

Roland Garros French Open Schedule and Tickets

  • Qualifiers – May 21-27, 2018
  • RG Kid’s Day – ?? (usually the Saturday before the start of the tournament)
  • 1st Round – May 27-29
  • 2nd-4th Round – May 30 -June 4
  • Legend’s Trophy – ??
  • Quarters – June 5-6
  • Semis – June 7-8
  • Finals – June 9-10
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Roland Garros French Open Hotel Picks

Roland Garros is located in the 16th Arrondisement next to Bois de Bologne, the huge park on the western edge of the city. The easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to get there is on the Paris subway, the Métro. For ultimate convenience, stay in a top Paris neighborhood served by one of the Métro lines (#9 and #10) with direct service to stations near Roland Garros

Champs Elysées Hotels on the Right Bank, Métro Line 9

Choose a hotel near the Franklin D. Roosevelt station to be within a one-minute walk of designer shopping and famous restaurants along Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Splurge on the 5-star Hotel Marignan or 4-star Hotel Mathis, or select the affordable Best Western Plus Elysée Secret. Hop on Line 9 to the Michel-Ange Anteuil station, a five-minute walk from Roland Garros.

Latin Quarter Hotels on the Left Bank, Métro Line 10

Pick an upscale hotel close to the Odéon station such as Relais Saint Germain, the Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame, or Hôtel Louis 2 to experience the Latin Quarter’s charming bistros, elegant boutiques, andchurches dating back to medieval times. Take Line 10 to the Porte d’Anteuil station, about a four-minute walk to Roland Garros.

Walk to Roland Garros

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Venue Information

Philippe-Chatrier Court
Stade Roland Garros,
2 Avenue Gordon Bennett
75016 Paris, France

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