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I am planning to go to the French Open next year...

Hey there.

I'm not exactly sure if this is the right place to be asking for help/suggestions but please bare with me.
I am planning to attend the first three days of the French Open next year. I live in Kosovo so I'm gonna have to buy the tickets online-When it the best time to buy them and where should I be looking to buy them from?

Also, how are the prices in Paris at that time of the year-Accommodation/Food/Public Transport?

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I am not sure, but know it not easy to get tickets, and buy them online may cost 600-700 Euro or more for one tix.

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I bought the qualifications tickets online very cheap on the official website about a month before RG this year
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I attended the first three days in 2013 and IIRC, there is a date announced in advance when the tickets sale for the general public begins, I think it was in March but I may be wrong. The queue on the website was huge, I waited for a good 20 minutes at first, then was thrown out and then waited for 40 min IIRC. I'm pretty sure the first three days don't sell out right away, though I recommend you to buy your tickets that day just to be sure. Tickets are almost certainly available at a slightly higher price on the official reseller website, viagogo even days before the event starts though.

I had tickets for either Chatrier or Lenglen each day (it includes the ground pass) but If I were going again, I wouldn't really buy them because it's super boring watching a top player win in straight sets and the view is pretty bad from the cheaper tickets, though if you get lucky, there might be a sensation and it would be great to watch for sure. Otherwise I think you will spend a lot of the time on the outer courts.

I never had problems with the public transport, the venue is just a few minutes walk from the subway, I always arrived early and left after the last match finished or got delayed cause of darkness so I didn't have problems with public transport. The venue is also in a nice neighborhood inside the city so you can walk a few stops. The food was pretty expensive and limited at the venue, I always had a couple of sandwiches with me, though it's so exciting being at the venue that I didn't even feel hungry.

Agree with the poster above mentioning an umbrella. A rain coat would be even better though. Also make sure to check the security rules online before getting there. They were pretty strict about some stuff and it could only have gotten stricter in the last few years.
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I am planning to go to Hell next year...

that's near the French Open, right?

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I went in 2014 and got semifinals tickets (middle-level seats) on viagogo in May for 70 euros. I had a great time, though there are a LOT of people and getting to the venue is annoying (the metro will take you straight there, but it's a 20 min walk from the metro station to the main gates, and it's a little confusing if it's your first time).
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The tickets go on sale in March. They're available from the official RG tickets website, links will he available from the RG website. Create an account in advance to save time.

I completely forgot the date tickets became available this year, and didn't go online until the second day. I got 2 tickets to court one on the first Wednesday. Nearer the time, l was able to get tickets to SL for the first Monday. Saw Garbine's first round match. I was a few rows from the front, good seats. If you buy tickets and change your mind there's an option to sell them (you'll get a refund if sold), so I sold my court one tickets. I thought the system was very easy to use and flexible. Unless you only want to go to the big matches, then you should have no problem getting what you want.
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Better not wait for a roof indeed, we'll all be dead before.
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Oh yeah, the food is expensive, like ridiculously expensive. Same for merchandise. I think a generic RG t-shirt was 40 Euros
So make sure to bring food with you, like Petkorazzi said.
I'm surprised bringing food is allowed. At Cincinnati, you can't bring anything, and a water bottle has to be without a label.
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I went in 2014 and got semifinals tickets (middle-level seats) on viagogo in May for 70 euros. I had a great time, though there are a LOT of people and getting to the venue is annoying (the metro will take you straight there, but it's a 20 min walk from the metro station to the main gates, and it's a little confusing if it's your first time).

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Hey there.

I'm not exactly sure if this is the right place to be asking for help/suggestions but please bare with me.
I am planning to attend the first three days of the French Open next year. I live in Kosovo so I'm gonna have to buy the tickets online-When it the best time to buy them and where should I be looking to buy them from?

Also, how are the prices in Paris at that time of the year-Accommodation/Food/Public Transport?

I'll be looking forward to your replies.

For the tickets, it's a mess. Last time, I bought them to a guy in black market, yeah I paid 20 euros more but at least, I got them.

For the food, if you planned to eat in RG, yeah it's pricy. Bring with you sandwiches and water, they will say nothing to you obviously. For the food in Paris, outside RG, it's not pricy, it depends (Macdo, Kebab, restaurant). For public transport, there is the subway so no problem (well, except if you got lost obviously ). For the hotel, there is an Ibis Hotel near RG, I was there the other time and it was really good, this one.
And at that time of year, it's the same prices for everything And not too many people, it's not summer so it's okay.


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I am not sure, but know it not easy to get tickets, and buy them online may cost 600-700 Euro or more for one tix.
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I bought the qualifications tickets online very cheap on the official website about a month before RG this year
Make sure to bring an umbrella
I'll be checking the official website for any announcements in the next months.
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I attended the first three days in 2013 and IIRC, there is a date announced in advance when the tickets sale for the general public begins, I think it was in March but I may be wrong. The queue on the website was huge, I waited for a good 20 minutes at first, then was thrown out and then waited for 40 min IIRC. I'm pretty sure the first three days don't sell out right away, though I recommend you to buy your tickets that day just to be sure. Tickets are almost certainly available at a slightly higher price on the official reseller website, viagogo even days before the event starts though.

I had tickets for either Chatrier or Lenglen each day (it includes the ground pass) but If I were going again, I wouldn't really buy them because it's super boring watching a top player win in straight sets and the view is pretty bad from the cheaper tickets, though if you get lucky, there might be a sensation and it would be great to watch for sure. Otherwise I think you will spend a lot of the time on the outer courts.

I never had problems with the public transport, the venue is just a few minutes walk from the subway, I always arrived early and left after the last match finished or got delayed cause of darkness so I didn't have problems with public transport. The venue is also in a nice neighborhood inside the city so you can walk a few stops. The food was pretty expensive and limited at the venue, I always had a couple of sandwiches with me, though it's so exciting being at the venue that I didn't even feel hungry.

Agree with the poster above mentioning an umbrella. A rain coat would be even better though. Also make sure to check the security rules online before getting there. They were pretty strict about some stuff and it could only have gotten stricter in the last few years.
Thank you so much for having taken the time to address my request. I'm planning to by tickets for one of the two main courts. I don't care who plays to be honest. If I happen to get to watch Maria live that would be a dream come true, but I'm mainly wanting to go there just so that I can experience watching top class tennis live and RG is my favorite slam.

I'm basically dragging two of my friends to join me Making it to Paris from Kosovo is gonna be darn hard but not impossible; since we have to apply for a VISA. Maybe things will change until May.
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I went in 2014 and got semifinals tickets (middle-level seats) on viagogo in May for 70 euros. I had a great time, though there are a LOT of people and getting to the venue is annoying (the metro will take you straight there, but it's a 20 min walk from the metro station to the main gates, and it's a little confusing if it's your first time).
That's actually quite cheap I'm only planning to be there for the first three days. Are the tickets usually cheaper for the first rounds or that does not play into the price at all?
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