Guide to Visiting the French Open

This is the final post from my trip to the French Open which is a guide to visiting Roland Garros. I hope this post will be informative and the tips will be useful for anyone planning to visit in the future. This trip was three years in the making as the plan was to go in 2020 before the pandemic struck. I was really anxious about this trip as it was the first time i’ve been abroad since the pandemic and COVID. I was nervous about the travelling and being around humans again, but it all went pretty smoothly and I feel so much better for having done it and have more confidence in travelling again.

I like detail so this post is pretty comprehensive! I could never find much detail about the Slam fan experience when searching online so this is the passion for writing these pieces. I forgot so much from my last trip to Paris in 2015 so this will help me out for next time! This also completes the quartet of guide posts for the Slams on MTB which can all be found from HERE. This post covers everything from buying tickets, getting to the venue, what to take/not to take, the courts, the grounds, food, shopping and anything else I could squeeze in! Happy to answer any questions for anyone planning a trip to Roland Garros in the future 😊.

Buying tickets

The general sale of tickets for Roland Garros in 2022 was on the 8th of March. 10am CET so 9am UK time. Don’t get caught out by the time difference if you’re in the UK! Before the sale, i’d recommend having a Roland Garros ticketing account set up which you can do here. You can also sign up to the mailing list so that you receive e-mails about ticketing.

Main tip when queueing for tickets – be patient! You will have to wait in a queue for quite a while and that’s normal. My bro and I were logged on before 9am UK time. When it hit 9am, the bro was 25,000 in the queue and me, 36,000. I was a doof and refreshed the page manually having been on it for a while. Lesson learned – go to the loading page early and just stay there. It will click over automatically at 9am. DON’T click refresh!

The bro got through to the tickets page after 50 minutes. Me about 70 minutes. Once you get through to the ticketing page, it was clear and well laid out, and we had no issues with selecting tickets and making payments. We mostly got what we wanted although I couldn’t get lower bowl seats on Court Philippe-Chatrier which we wanted for one of the days.

The best advice I can give for buying tickets is go in with a clear plan of what you want for each day and have a back-up in mind if plan A doesn’t work out. You can find seating plans and prices for the courts on the ticketing section of the Roland Garros website. Tickets do sell out quickly for the main release and Philippe-Chatrier was sold out within a few hours. It’s not as bad as Wimbledon’s online releases but nowhere near as calm as buying tickets for the Australian Open and the US Open.

Getting to and from the venue

We stayed in central Paris on the western side, about a ten minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. We used the metro to get to and from the tennis each day. The tournament recommends using lines 9 or 10. We used line 10 and walked ten minutes from our hotel to Charles Michels station and then got off for Roland Garros at Porte d’Auteuil. This took about 15 minutes on the metro. When you come out of the metro at Porte d’Auteuil, it’s pretty obvious where you go and it’s then a five to ten minute walk along Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil.

Coming back from the tennis, I have a tip courtesy of the bro. If you’re heading back to central Paris then exit the ground from the south side onto Boulevard d’Auteuil. There’s an exit right by Court Simonne-Mathieu and you then walk east about ten minutes to Michel Ange Molitor station. The end of the 10 line goes in a loop. On the first day we went to Porte d’Auteuil station and had to go back on ourself to Boulogne Jean Jaurès station before heading back in the right direction towards central Paris. By going to Michel Ange Molitor station saved us time on the second and third days.

Paris Metro Screenshot

Screenshot from Paris Metro Map (RATP website)

Buying metro tickets is pretty straightforward. There are ticket machines everywhere and they have various language options. They are in the process of discontinuing the paper tickets but they are still in operation as I write this in May 2022. You can purchase as many single tickets as you like, or a set of 10 from the ticket machines. I think next time we go we’d have to buy their smartcard, the Navigo Easy pass. When we tried to do this on our first day, none of the ticket offices were open. Details about the smartcard can be found here.

*Update – Thanks to friendly folk on Twitter who said that you can also buy metro tickets directly on the Eurostar from the cafe on board.

Entering the grounds

We entered the grounds each day through Gate 1, at the north east corner of Court Philippe-Chatrier. Each day we had a slightly different experience. Gates open at 10am. We arrived the earliest on Sunday (we were excited!) and got to the Porte d’Auteuil station at just after 09:30am. We arrived at the gate before 10am and had to queue for about 10 minutes. We could see the queue growing rapidly behind us. We got into the grounds by about 10:15.

On Monday, we arrived late at about 14:30pm due to the weather and strolled through security. That’s one advantage of going later! On Tuesday we arrived marginally later than Sunday and really felt the difference as we had to queue for about 20 minutes and didn’t get into the grounds until 10:30am. While we were a bit later, we generally felt Sunday was quieter than Monday and Tuesday.

There is a bag search while walking along Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil and then another bag check and body search before heading into the grounds. This can be thorough. Once through security, you head to the turnstiles. You can either print off your paper ticket or download the Roland Garros app and add your ticket there. You scan the barcode and this then produces a small paper ticket that you use for getting into your seats. There’s an ID check after the turnstiles as each ticket is assigned to a person which is done on the website prior to attending. The ID check is strict. I tried one day to walk through and got stopped in my tracks 😂.

On exiting the grounds, on the first day some people asked for our tickets when we left Philippe-Chatrier. I’m always happy to help out other tennis fans. However, as we left through gate 1, where we had entered, I didn’t realise you needed your ticket to exit through the turnstiles! Cue an embarrassing moment where I was rummaging through my bag looking for my old paper ticket.


Restrictions on what to take into the grounds

You are allowed to take in a small rucksack to the tennis. We didn’t have any issues on the three days. We learned after the first day that taking food in is fine. I think the US Open (from 2016) is the only Slam that was a bit restricted in terms of bags and food. Drinks was fine too and we had no problem taking in a drinks bottle with water.

There are restrictions on the size of camera lenses so be careful! The website states that the limit is 20cm and on the final day, they did get my camera out and check the size.

The courts

A map of the grounds and location of all the courts can be found here on the RG website.

Court Philippe-Chatrier

This was my first ever experience on Court Philippe-Chatrier! I didn’t manage to get tickets for Chatrier when I went back in 2015. We would have liked to try both the lower and upper bowl but only managed to get seats for the upper bowl. We didn’t consider getting tickets for a night session. I think it’s ridiculously overpriced for just one match and the start time of 9pm local time is just stupid. I have no interest in staying around till midnight to watch a long men’s match 😂.

The stadium is more impressive than I was expecting. It’s gorgeous from the outside. I loved the Stade Roland Garros signage on the outside of the stadium.

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From the upper bowl, the view is kind of what you would expect. Not as bad as Arthur Ashe at the US Open and very similar to the upper bowl of the Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open. On the first day, we had seats in section C8 and were in row 12. These seats were in the shade all day because of the roof. If you want shade, then go for seats in the northern stand and its corners.

The big gripe I had about these seats is that there were no row numbers painted anywhere which was ridiculous! I don’t know if they had repainted and forgot to add the numbers and I don’t know if it was just this isolated section. You had to count from row 9 upwards to find the right row. You could see the puzzled look whenever someone was looking for their seats for the first time. My bro began to help the community out by shouting “douze” at people 😂.

In terms of comfort, I think the seats on Court Philippe-Chatrier are the least comfortable of the top court at the four Slams. Leg room is not as spacious as at Wimbledon and the seats are hard unlike the cushioned seats at Wimbledon. We also felt more impeded with our view.

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For our second experience on Philippe-Chatrier, our seats were closer in section C14 and row 4. To be honest, our view didn’t feel much better and we felt even more obstructed by people’s heads in front. It didn’t help that, unsurprisingly, for the Tsonga-Ruud match our section was full.

Ours seats in C14 were quite good for FPAs (famous person alert). Forgot to mention this in my reports! There’s a good view of the French TV studio and we saw both Alizé Cornet and Justine Henin. There’s also a decent view of the commentary boxes.

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It’s a long walk up to the upper bowl seats of Philippe-Chatrier. From the top, you do get a great view over the grounds and also back towards Paris. There are mini food and boutique stores on the upper level which are handy so you don’t have to go back out of the stadium. There are obviously toilets although we didn’t think they were very well designed!

We had a brief experience of the roof when it came over for the Tsonga retirement ceremony, presumably because there was a threat of rain. We noticed there were gaps in the roof! I wonder if they ever have an issue with the sideways rain? I remember that was a problem for the Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open last year.

One final thing I will always remember from Chatrier is the Perrier noise that they also replicate on the TV coverage. It always seemed to get a chuckle! It’s annoying but I think it does its job in terms of advertising.

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Court Suzanne-Lenglen

We didn’t see any tennis on Court Suzanne-Lenglen this time round and in the end favoured two days on Philippe-Chatrier with the assurance of the roof. An old picture below of Suzanne Lenglen from my trip in 2015 before the seats were upgraded! Aside from Anisimova-Osaka in the first three days, there was nothing on the schedule that I was upset at missing.

There are lots of food and boutique stands all around Suzanne-Lenglen. Note that on the northern side this area can get very congested.

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Court Simonne-Mathieu

Stand by for a monologue. I adore Court Simonne-Mathieu. Watching a match at sunset on this court was on my bucket list. This was more important to me than being on Chatrier, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s made me think about my favourite courts in the world. The ones that stick out – No.1 and No.2 Court at Wimbledon, Grandstand and No.18 Court at the US Open, MCA at the Australian Open and No.1 court at Eastbourne. Even with recency bias, I can confidently say that Court Simonne-Mathieu is my favourite court in the world to watch tennis. And I achieved my bucket list of seeing a match with the sun setting 😍.

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Court Simonne-Mathieu holds 5,000 people and was built for the 2019 edition of Roland Garros. It’s located along Allée des Serres in a new annex of the ground. I couldn’t believe I was at a tennis tournament. It’s so beautiful and tranquil. You’ve got the botanic garden with the plants, L’Orangerie where they held the draw ceremony and you can hear the birds singing. They’ve done a wonderful job.

Court Simonne-Mathieu has greenhouses on all four sides of the stadium. I wish you could see the plants a bit better through the glass! It’s just so different and unique. Love it! There are two levels to the court and it’s the same entrance for both levels. To my knowledge, both are ticketed and they were definitely checking everyone’s tickets. I think the upper tier may have been accessible on a ground pass when the court was introduced in 2019? We went for the lower tier as you get a proper seat, as opposed to the benches at the top. I don’t think there is a bad view in this court.

Our seats were in section M6 and row 8 although we weren’t actually eight rows from the back. We were even closer. The view was special! You feel so close to the action and it’s such a value add from watching on the TV. I enjoyed picking up the intricate changes in the pace and height of the ball.

The only negative for this court, and it applies to all courts really, is that there’s often a queue to get back into the court if you go out. The gates get busy. When I took a comfort break, I nearly didn’t get in on the first changeover back because there was such a long queue. It would be nice if there were toilets in Simonne-Mathieu but you have to walk out to L’Orangerie for the nearest ones.

The schedule for the first three days was always impressive for Simonne-Mathieu with a nice mix of French players and top players such as Muguruza, Halep and Raducanu. If you’re heading to Paris, then I couldn’t recommend highly enough having at least a day on Simonne-Mathieu. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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Court 14

Court 14 is the fourth biggest court at Roland Garros and it’s a sunken court, very similar to No.2 and No.3 courts at Wimbledon. It has the standard hard benches so it is not particularly kind on the bottom or the back! The back row all around the court has some metal gates up so these seats are a little kinder to the back.

I loved this court and again, not a bad seat in the house. The gradient of the benches is such that you’re not normally too obstructed by the person in front. This court can get busy. On the first day, the crowd was rocking for Barrere-Daniel and we couldn’t get close even for just a peek.

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Access is a little odd. There are two entrances either side with stairs up to a raised platform that runs all around the back of the court. You can wander round here which must be distracting for the players. This is also how you access courts 15 and 16 which are practice courts at the back of court 14. To get out, we found we had to barge through one of the entrances which wasn’t easy! There must have been a designated exit which we missed 😂.

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Court 7

We saw just the one match on Court 7. It was a great experience and again you can get so close to the action so it was definitely more enjoyable than watching matches on Chatrier. There’s a lovely view looking towards Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

My top tip, and this applies for all the outside courts, is to try to enter at the end of a set or end of a match when the courts tend to empty out. We stupidly tried to get on for Pegula-Wang on the Tuesday in the middle of the second set. We could see empty seats but the queue wasn’t moving at all and there is never enough time between the changeovers so we gave up. There are only two entrances in so it’s not the easiest court to get on. The benches, like all the outside courts, are pretty uncomfortable so we could only bear them for a set or two.

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Court 6

We went on court 6 just the once for Collins and Korda on Tuesday, and had to queue to get on. It took us about three changeovers to get on. There’s a central concourse that runs between court 6 and 8 (7 and 9 are exactly the same on the opposite side). Once you gain entry to the central concourse, you can join either court.

We shouldn’t have been allowed in when we were. Play was going on so we just stood at the back. A steward then told us we weren’t allowed to stand there and watch, and had to find a seat immediately! Therefore, yes, I was that annoying person who had to find a seat whilst the match was ongoing. Generally, I wasn’t impressed with the stewarding and there were so many cases where spectators were let in while play was going on.

Otherwise, court 6 was a nice court and there was a gorgeous view behind of Philippe-Chatrier. There was also a view of the scoreboard which was helpful.

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Courts 8 and 9

We didn’t go on either courts 8 and 9 which were next to 6 and 8 respectively. Both these courts had less stands than 7 and 6, and had long queues during the day. A tip in hindsight – there are separate queues for courts 6 and 8, and 7 and 9. Go for the shorter queue because they will both go up to the central concourse where you can then choose the court you desire.

Court 10

Court 10 is on a corner in the northern section of the grounds, in the shadow of Suzanne Lenglen. There were practices going on on Sunday and matches on the Tuesday. When there was a match going, the area tended to get busy as you could stand and watch from the corner. You can only get on to sit from one side of the court.

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Court 11

We didn’t see anything on court 11. There didn’t seem to be much going on on Sunday. It was hard to get to on Tuesday where there were matches being played.

Court 12

We watched Botic Van de Zandschlup on this court on Sunday. You can stand at the back and watch over the court and see court 13 so it’s two for the price of one. Sunday was fine, but we couldn’t get close on Monday and Tuesday when it was much busier. Shapavalov-Ruud was scheduled first up on this court on Tuesday which was an appalling decision. There were literally people standing in bushes and security telling them off 😂.

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Court 13

Court 13 is on the end of 11-12-13 so you can stand in the corner and watch points. The general area can get quite busy if court 14 is rocking. It’s a nice court and you have a decent view of court 12 too.

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Courts 2 and 3

Court 2 was the first court we went on and we saw Garbiñe Muguruza practising here. There’s a lovely view towards Chatrier. We noticed these courts were empty on Tuesday with no play which seemed odd. They seemed under-utilised which was a shame as I liked them.

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Courts 4 and 5

Like courts 2 and 3, we saw some practices on this court and there did seem to be some matches on Monday and Tuesday. There’s a running theme… nice courts! Fewer seats than courts 6 and 7.

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Practice courts

Watching practices at Roland Garros has definitely improved since 2015. There are designated practice courts at the far western end of the grounds past court 14 with a viewing platform that overlooks court 15 and 16. We also watched practices on courts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, notably on the first day when there were fewer matches on the court. Keep an eye out for the practice schedule which is shared on the RG website (although not on the app?).

I’d say watching practices at Roland Garros is probably equivalent to Wimbledon. Wimbledon does have designated practice courts that you can queue up for but they hard to get to and have poor access. I still think a lot happens off site at RG, or at least not viewable to the public? US Open leads the way for watching practices, closely followed by the Australian Open.

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Grounds and facilities

The grounds are vastly improved from 2015. I couldn’t even picture the old site in some places. The grounds are still small but I think they have used the space well. It does feels cramped at times, particularly around the northern side of Court Suzanne-Lenglen. There were a few unfortunate moments when matches finished at the same time on Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen and it felt exceptionally busy around the grounds. We felt they let too many people in on Monday and Tuesday.

There were a decent number of toilets spread around the grounds. However, there clearly weren’t enough women’s toilets as every time we went there was a long queue. The best ones we found were underneath court 14. These were quiet if court 14 hadn’t just emptied out at the end of a match. There was a chance to fill up water bottles here too. We also found water fill-up stations on the southern side of Chatrier next to some toilets and another one by court 10.

There were a few neat touches around the grounds such as the line of deckchairs by court 10 and the square of deckchairs in Mosquetaires Garden. There wasn’t really any area comparable to say Henman Hill at Wimbledon. If you need a breather from the tennis then head over to the area around Court Simonne-Mathieur which was much quieter and tranquil.

I liked the Roland Garros wall on the southern side of Chatrier – a great place for taking photos!

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Food and drink

We didn’t explore many of the food and drink options. We bought lunch in the grounds on day 1. This was in the row of outlets outside Philippe-Chatrier and behind Mousquetaires Garden. I bought the chicken meal with roasted potatoes. Pricey as expected at 15 Euros but I thought it was good quality. I was surprised that there were no queues whatsoever buying lunch when it was peak lunch time on Sunday. Perhaps we were lucky?!

After day 1 when we realised there were no restrictions on food we took in food. No brainer for me as it’s more convenient and much, much cheaper. I miss my daily stop at all the boulangeries and patisseries to buy sandwiches and an assortments of goodies!


The main store at Roland Garros can be found under court 2 and 3 and I have to say I was taken aback – it’s the best shop at any of the slams by a country mile. It’s hugeee! There were still long queues to get in during the middle of the day and any rain delays. I’d advise going first thing after gates open. A nice touch is that the stringers are situated on the top level of the store.

There’s also a decent sized store as soon as you enter the grounds through gate 1. I forgot my cap on the first day so ended up buying my RG cap and a trilby hat (impulse purchase lol). There’s still a few things I want so will probably be using the RG shop soon. Word of warning – be careful buying the t-shirts. My bro and work pal both ended up buying women’s t-shirts 😂. They didn’t seem to be clearly marked, but it might have just been the language barrier too.

There are some smaller boutiques in the grounds, many dotted around Court Suzanne-Lenglen. They’re not fully stocked but if you find what you’re looking for then you’ll probably spend less time purchasing here than in the main store. There was also a dedicated Lacoste store near L’Orangerie.


Final thoughts

I love what they’ve done with Roland Garros and it feels really unique. Sorry, you’re bored of me going on, but the area around Court Simonne-Mathieu is just lovely. The grounds do get busy and it can get overwhelming and frustrating trying to get on the outside courts. We were mostly lucky with the weather but I guess it’s a pain if it’s raining if you’re not on Chatrier as there are not many covered areas. I think the first Sunday is a good option as it did feel quieter than the Monday and Tuesday.

I really feel like i’ve done the French Open now and had the Chatrier experience! I’d definitely go again and i’m very fortunate that it’s so close by and quite easy to travel to. Very thankful to have finally done this trip and had my RG fix after three years in the making!

If you have any questions about the French Open, i’d be more than happy to help. You can comment in this post or send me a message on Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail at

50 thoughts on “Guide to Visiting the French Open

  1. Thanks for your posting for the French Open. We are from Canada & going to be in Paris May 25-29. We can’t afford the big prices, but is there something we could see at a reasonable price any of those dates, incl the qualifying days. The only thing on sunday, May 28 was $475 US for a game & $175 US for walking the grounds. Am I missing something? Thanks Patti & Barry


    • Hi Patti, that sounds very expensive! I think you should be able to get tickets cheaper than that. Here is the list of prices for 2023 on the website in Euros –

      The cheapest tickets will be for qualifying week (10 Euros) which is between the 22nd and the 26th May. From what I can see it looks like the main release of tickets this year is on the 15th of March.

      Hope this helps 🙂


      • James, Thanks so much for your info. The prices on the site you recommended are much better that the site I was using – mine likely was a re-sale site. I registered so I can buy tickets asap. Is opening day (May 28) a good day to go? Or would you recommend one of the qualifying week days, which are cheaper but we want some good action too. Thanks, Patti


      • I’d go for the opening day – you’ll get first round matches and there will likely be more going on around the grounds. Good luck with getting tickets! 🙂


      • Hi James,

        Thanks for all your help with getting tickets for the French Open! By a miracle, I ended up getting two tickets! Your blog suggestions really helped, altho I was not prepared for the misc steps to skip (ie ordering meal tickets & shopping stuff).  I want to share my experience with you, as it was kind of crazy…


        div>I was up before 2


      • Hi Patti, so pleased to hear that you managed to buy tickets! Ah yes that seems to be an increasing trend with offering the add-ons. Sometimes it’s not obvious where the skip button is! I hope you have a great time 😊


  2. Hi James, I am hoping to go to Roland Garros on the 1st or 2nd of June. Have not been before and would just like to soak up the atmosphere. Which tickets would you recommend?


    • Hi Beth, I would go for at least one day on Philippe Chatrier. If it rains then you have the guarantee of live tennis under the roof. For a more intimate experience, I would recommend the Simonne Mathieu court. I just read that the upper tier of Simonne Mathieu is now free for all spectators so you could get on with just a grounds pass. You’ll get closer to the action though with the reserved seating!


  3. Hi James,
    Apologies if I missed the info in your blog, but is there a 2-3 set of days that you recommend to maximize your value, see great tennis, and have great seats? Thanks in advance!


    • Hi Gene, we went for the first three days of the tournament which covered the entire first round. Personally, I always like to go at the start of a tournament because there’s more going on around the grounds and it’s normally cheaper too!

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  4. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for information
    We are planning watch few matches on 5th &6th june2023
    We are travelling all the way from India
    Want to know best way of doing it
    Many thanks


  5. Hi, thanks so much for the information. I am used to going to the US Open where if you have a ticket to the main stadiums, you can go to side matches. Is that the way it is at RG? Also, are there matches on the smaller courts on the following dates: June 5th-8th?


    • Hi Shari, glad that it was helpful. That is one of the reasons I enjoyed the US Open so much! You need a separate ticket for the top three courts (Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and Simonne Mathieu) but you can get onto all other courts. I think Monday June 5th will be the last day with singles on Suzanne Lenglen. From then on all singles matches will be on Philippe Chatrier. As those dates are second week, it will be mostly doubles on the smaller courts.


  6. Hi there! I’m a travel planner and did not get session tickets for a client who’d like to attend a session on one of the main courts (on either May 29th or 30th, 2023). Is there a reputable ticket reseller (I know its frowned upon) that I could purchase tickets through? I have seen viagogo listed but there are no tickets currently listed on their site. Thank you in advance for suggestions. I want to ensure my clients are not scammed while trying to enjoy their anniversary.


    • Queued up last night US time (7 hours before sale) and then went to site with another computer 10 minutes before sale. My 10 minute computer got 20,000 in que where the computer I was logged into for 7 hours was at 40,000. Anyhow, got row 5 for Round 3 on Saturday at Suzanne-Lenglin and got row 12 for men’s semi-final Friday at Phillip Chatrier both matches. I had to go through one of the premium packages for my semi final tickets which are about 2-3x the cost of a normal ticket, but do have suite access and a free cocktail! Lol. Well worth it as I doubt I will be back, and most likely get to see an epic duel of Rafa and Nole in the semis! At least that’s what I am hoping for.

      Long story short, the year you want to go, do what they say and buy from their site on the day and moment they go on sale. All these other sites that offers tickets are not approved by the FFT and you run the chance of having bogus tickets. It truly was an easy experience and glad I gave my tickets in hand.

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  7. So happy to find your guide – it’s super helpful! I’m going to Roland Garros this year and want to prepare as much as I can. I had some problems with the RG website while trying to buy tickets. My mobile got the best queue number but I had a lot of problems with the RG site slowing down and timing out. It ended up crashing just when I entered my CC info and and I lost the contents of my cart which had Cat 1 Day session tickets 😦 I eventually got back in but only could get Night session tickets. Sooo my question is, does a Night session ticket also give you access to the grounds/outside courts like Day session tickets do? I *really* want to see RG during the day!


      • 6:30pm – okay. Thanks for letting me know! I plan to try to grab a Day session ticket when they begin to sell – and if not I’m hoping to at least get a grounds pass for the day. Do you happen to know if Outside Courts (grounds passes) are easy to come by as we get closer to the event starting?


      • From the website it looks like there is a last minute sale starting on the 10th of May. I’ve not had any experience of buying tickets so close to the event. Good luck, hope you manage to get something! 🙂

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      • Thank you! I actually got on the RG site the other day and was able to buy a couple of Day Outside Courts Passes for two of the days. Better than nothing for now!


  8. Hello, I’m glad I found your guide. I also could only buy night session tickets, so my question is, can I get to the complex earlier and have access to the other courts? Thanks in advance


    • I also have 4th round night matches, but I wanted to be able to access the grounds earlier than 630pm. I kept an eye on the RG website and some Day Outside Courts tickets showed up, which for 10-20€ is a grounds pass – gives you access to outside courts. Right now I don’t see any but they can show up at any time and I’ve heard they can be easy to find as things open up unless it’s the final and Rafa is playing. =) With grounds passes, even though you’re not in one of the stadiums they have a big screen on the greens inside RG so people can watch the Chatrier match- I’ve heard it gets really rowdy, almost as good as being in the stadium.


  9. Hi James, my partner and I have got tickets for round 4 the night time session at the Philippe Chatrier court on the Sunday at 8:30pm. We want to make the most of the tickets as it was very expensive what time are you able to enter the french open with these tickets do you know?


    • Just thought I’d chime in, hope that’s okay! I also have 4th round night matches so in order to get more out of being there I kept an eye on the RG website and some Day Outside Courts tickets showed up, which for 10-20€ is a grounds pass – gives you access to outside courts. Right now I don’t see any but they can show up at any time. With grounds passes, even though you’re not in one of the stadiums they have a big screen on the greens inside RG so people can watch the Chatrier match- I’ve heard it gets really rowdy, almost as good as being in the stadium.

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  10. I can’t find up to date info about the tennis Museum.Is it open every day of the tournament and free if you Annexe day tickets ? Web sites seem to be saying it’s only open Wednesdays and Fridays and you must book in advance ? Thanks


  11. I absolutely loved reading your comprehensive guide to visiting the French Open! It’s evident that you have put in a lot of effort to provide valuable insights and tips for anyone planning to attend this prestigious tennis tournament. Your post covers everything from ticketing and transportation to dining and sightseeing recommendations, making it a go-to resource for tennis enthusiasts and travelers alike.

    When it comes to planning accommodations for such an exciting event, I highly recommend considering Rental Trader( They specialize in vacation rentals and offer a wide range of properties that can cater to different group sizes and preferences. From cozy apartments near Roland Garros to spacious houses with convenient access to public transportation, Rental Trader can help you find the perfect rental that complements your French Open experience.

    Thank you for sharing your expert knowledge and providing a comprehensive guide to visiting the French Open. Your passion for the event shines through, and I’m sure it will inspire many to embark on their own unforgettable tennis adventure. Wishing you and all future attendees an amazing time at the tournament!

    Game, set, match – and happy travels! 🎾🇫🇷✨

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  12. We are heading to Paris next week and just by chance (bon chance!), my week coincides with the French Open. I got to cross this off my bucket list and will be there with my mom, husband and 11 year old daughter. This amount of detail is amazing and I will save this page to review before we go. Due to our schedule, we are going on the first Monday, so there will be a lot of tennis. My mother’s mobility may be limited. Thoughts on getting around in a wheelchair or scooter??


  13. Hello, James! Thanks a lot for this article. Definitely best guide about French Open visiting. I have a question about ticket terms of use. We have tickets on Suzanne-Lenglen, does it give us un opportunity for multiple entry for this court on certain day? For example, can we watch one match at Suzanne-Lenglen, after that go to the outside courts and then go back to Suzanne-Lenglen for the next match?


    • Hi Ana, yes if you have tickets for Suzanne Lenglen then you can go in and out as you please and opt to watch a match on the outside courts. Hope you have a great time!


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