Buying Tickets for The French Open
I'm planning to go to Paris at around the end of May - start of June as a family trip (I'm from Israel).
When I heard that the tournament starts on May 25th, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to watch it while I'm there.
I tried to find out a bit about buying tickets, and discovered that now, after the ballot / lottery, the only practical way to get some (or even one!) is queuing on the day or buying them from touts. Now, I came up with a few questions:
1) Is it really so? Are these the only ways to get tickets? If I decide to queue on the day, when should I come and how long should I wait? Is it anything like Wimbledon...? And if I decide to buy from the touts...?
2) Will I be able to buy tickets also for the 3 main stadiums or only for the small courts? Should I come earlier if I want to get tickets for the main ones?
3) When, in your opinion, is the best date to go? For example, I wouldn't want to see the qualifying stage, and would also less like to see the boys/girls/doubles matches - I mainly want to see the singles. I'm afraid that if I go close to the end of the tournament, for example, I will not be able to see the big games in the main courts (is that true?), and there won't be any singles games in the small ones. Any ideas?
4) What type of games should I expect to see in the small courts? Anything like Wimbledon? Worse? Better?
If you have any other information, even if it does not regard my previous questions, please share it with me.
I'd really appreciate any kind of help.
Thanks in advance,