Here are our top Roland Garros Tips for attending. All of the tennis majors are special, but for being the smallest of the Grand Slam venues, Roland Garros is absolutely stuffed with tennis magic. Following is our best insider info when it comes to tickets, transportation, tennis, and more, and here is our guide to Roland Garros Tickets and Hotels.

Best Seats and Tickets for Roland Garros

As tennis continues to grow around the globe, the Grand Slam venues realized one stadium was not enough. And then they realized two stadiums were not enough. So lucky for us, there are three stadiums courts are Roland Garros!

  • Court Philippe-Chatrier – The largest stadium at Roland Garros, and by a narrow margin, the most expensive ticket, with prices starting at 65 Euros (about $78 USD). See the Roland Garros Philippe-Chatrier Court Seating Map
  • Court Suzanne-Lenglen. While the top few seeds will most likely be at Court Philippe-Chatrier, 55 Euros (about $67 USD) will get you a seat on Lenglen to see the next best players in action.
  • Court No. 1. Affectionately known as The Bull Ring, this stadium is a favorite of both the fans and the players, so you never know who will be scheduled here! For 50 Euros (about $60 USD), you may as well find out for yourself!
  • Grounds Pass: Courts 3-18. If you are able to get to Roland Garros during the first week of main draw play, a grounds pass is the best value in tennis. In a tournament jam-packed with 128 players per singles draw, pros ranked as high as the top ten may be playing their first round or two on the outer courts.

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Qualifying Rounds and Practice

There are several great reasons to head over to Roland Garros a bit early to catch the qualifying tournament.

Value. Tickets are only 20 Euros (about $24 USD) per adult, and only 10 Euros ($12 USD) for those under the age of 20.

Avoid the crowds. The attractions, restaurants, and overall of glitz and glam of a grand slam tournament may not be in full swing during the qualifying rounds, but it will be way less crowded. That means you can get a seat at basically any qualifying match, and maneuver the grounds with ease.

Big Names Practicing. While qualifying matches are being contested, the practice courts will most likely have big name pros preparing for Roland Garros. It’s a great opportunity to snap some photos of your favorite players as they get their game in sync for two weeks on the terre battue. If you can’t make it to qualifying, don’t worry, you can see players practicing all tournament long. However, depending on the caliber of the player and their preferences, they may stick to the stadiums for practice if they are still in the draw by the second week.

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Match Times – Roland Garros Tips for Attending

Qualifying matches generally begin at 10am, and main draw matches start around 11am during the first week. As the tournament progresses, singles matches start later. Usually from the Quarterfinals and on, singles matches start around 2pm or later. However, it’s best to check the tournament schedule consistently, as things change between rain delays and long matches.

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Long Matches

Speaking of long matches…there are two reasons why you can expect play to continue on and on and on. It’s great for the fans, and super tiring for players not named Rafael Nadal! Firstly, the red clay slows down the ball, so points last longer. Secondly, just like Wimbledon and the Australian Open, there is no final set tiebreaker. At the US Open, a player can eek out a match in a 3rd or 5th set tiebreaker, winning by just 2 points. But not here! You need to win by 2 games. Since there are no lights at Roland Garros, play can only go so late, which means many matches in the early rounds end up spilling over to the next day.

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Getting to Roland Garros

Roland Garros is located in the 16th arrondissement, which translates to “not exactly in the heart of Paris”. Fear not, as there are actually a number of ways to get there.

Taxi, Uber or Prive Chauffeur

Paris functions a lot like New York City or London in that you either take the subway, or you take a taxi. Or, since we live in a future-world where we can summon cars from little computers in our pockets, take an Uber! No matter where you are in Paris, you can get a car to you in a matter of minutes. Traffic is pretty terrible, but if you don’t want to deal with crowds, this is absolutely the move.

When I was in Paris, I actually found the French equivalent of Uber more affordable, and more convenient. It’s an app called Prive Chauffeur, which simply translates to “Private Driver”.

Like any major sporting event, security is pretty tight at Roland Garros, so unfortunately you can’t just get dropped off at the front gate unless you’re tennis royalty. If you tell your driver that you are going to Roland Garros, they should know where to drop you off (and if they don’t know, they’ll soon learn during the fortnight of tennis). But just in case, copy and paste these drop off points into your phone:

  1. Auteuil: in front of the fountain on the Place de la Porte d’Auteuil, 75016, PARIS.
  2. Molitor: 2 avenue de la Porte Molitor, 75016, PARIS.
  3. Boulogne: Route de Boulogne à Passy, 75016, Paris or on the Carrefour des Anciens Combattants, 75016, Paris (Latitude: 48.84808 / Longitude: 2.242812).

Subway

Or as the French call it, ‘Metro’, is certainly the most popular way to get to Roland Garros. I wouldn’t say it’s a difficult option, but there will definitely be crowds, and the nearest subway stop is a solid 10 minute walk from the tennis venue. That being said, the Parisians know that they’re doing when it comes to the underground, with trains coming approximately every 5 minutes. Below are the names of the lines and stations you’ll want to take. The names are super French, but if you’re intimidated, don’t worry, this is a rare instance of where following the crowd will work in your favor: you’ll see crowds of people in their favorite tennis gear, hats, and sunglasses

Line 9: Mairie de Montreuil – Pont de Sèvres (stations: Michel-Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitor).
Line 10: Gare d’Austerlitz – Boulogne (stations: Porte d’Auteuil or Boulogne Jean-Jaurès).

Rent a Bike or a Car

If you’re feeling extremely adventurous, or extremely Parisian, you can rent a bike or even a car! “Velib” bike-hire stands and “Autolib” car-hire stands can be found nearby Roland Garros and around Paris in general. As I personally wanted to live to see the tennis tournament, I did not partake in this option.

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How to Dress for Roland Garros

Hint: Don’t dress optimistically. During the subway section, I mentioned you may see people dressed in tennis gear, hats, and sunglasses. Unless the forecast is undoubtedly sunny and warm, this is not a tournament where thinking positive is going to will Mother Nature into being nice. Paris gets a fair amount of rain in Springtime, so be prepared. Bring either a poncho or an umbrella, and if you plan to stay late, maybe bring an extra layer. That being said, one great thing about Roland Garros is that since it’s played on clay, matches can continue in light rain.

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Fun Things to do at Roland Garros

Test your serve speed. While there are always a ton of interactive fan games and activities, this one is simple and consistent: the Longines Serve Speed Radar. Located by the Place des Mousquetaires, there is a small booth where 2 Euros gets you the chance to see how fast you can serve! The money goes to charity, and your ego goes out the door when you realize your 129 KPH serve (wow!) is actually an 80 MPH serve (lame!).

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Place des Mousquetaires

This is an iconic hang out spot at Roland Garros, situated between Court No. 1 and Court Philippe-Chatrier. It is a circular patio adorned with greenery, statues, and lawn chairs and is the heart of the venue. Especially valuable if you have a grounds pass, the Place des Mousquetaires is a great place to camp out and watch a main stadium match on a gigantic screen. Also, if you’re with a group that wants to split up for a bit, this is a perfect central meeting point at which to rejoin.

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