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Justeenium
Feb 28th, 2005, 10:44 PM
On march 7th the commoners can begin applying for RG tickets. How hard is it to get tickets for the dates and courts you want?

Justeenium
Feb 28th, 2005, 10:55 PM
H to the bizzump

Tati & Dani
Feb 28th, 2005, 11:00 PM
The first days it's not difficult , you can buy tickets there. The finals is very difficult , you have to go to the 'blackmarket' But it's mostly 200-300-400 Euro. First days are the best, then you can see every one, and it's not to expensive

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 02:42 AM
bump, and sticky the thread please.

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 03:54 PM
bump

MS
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:15 PM
Last year I asked for tickets from Spain and I got nothing for the first days, but other years some friends have got all the tickets they asked for, so....

ghosts
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:17 PM
Can someone tell me a cheap hotel/hostel near the Roland Garros courts? ;) :)

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:20 PM
Last year I asked for tickets from Spain and I got nothing for the first days, but other years some friends have got all the tickets they asked for, so....

uh oh,

well I guess it's a good thing I bought the travel insurance on my air+hotel package

Caz
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:25 PM
Tickets are very difficult, almost impossible, to get for foreigners beforehand. Usually you have to buy them from the ticket touts, although, apparently last year they were selling tickets for most days inside the grounds, so if you could get hold of a ticket to get inside once, you could then buy tickets for other days.

tom2791
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:30 PM
:eek: I was planning to go to the third round on Saturday. I hope I could get tickets!

améliemomo
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:38 PM
Can someone tell me a cheap hotel/hostel near the Roland Garros courts? ;) :)

well, I dont live in that side of paris but its not hotels thats miss here :D

ghosts
Mar 1st, 2005, 07:41 PM
well, I dont live in that side of paris but its not hotels thats miss here :D
I know lol :p but I meant a hostel, which is so close that I don't need subway or bus to reach the courts :p

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:12 PM
Tickets are very difficult, almost impossible, to get for foreigners beforehand. Usually you have to buy them from the ticket touts, although, apparently last year they were selling tickets for most days inside the grounds, so if you could get hold of a ticket to get inside once, you could then buy tickets for other days.

damn, the website says nothing about tickets going to the French only.

Danke Anke
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:21 PM
I'm American and I went when I was studying abroad in 2002. They had tickets available to the women's semifinals available still on the 2nd day of the qualifying tournament (I went there to see a Mirjana Lucic match).

I got decent seats for something ridiculously cheap like 37 euros.

That might be your best bet for getting affordable tickets -- go maybe on the first day of the qualifications and check out the ticket office to see what's left...

Danke Anke
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:23 PM
Can someone tell me a cheap hotel/hostel near the Roland Garros courts? ;) :)

Don't worry about where to stay in Paris... I was literally across the city from Roland Garros and it was only a 25 minute metro ride...

martirogi
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:23 PM
is a tout where u go the day of the tourney and stand in line?

hopefully i'll be in paris around that time, but not for sure

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:24 PM
so foreigners can not pre book tickets by sending a letter like the website says?

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:25 PM
is a tout where u go the day of the tourney and stand in line?
a tout is the british equivalent of what we yanks call a "scalper"

cmasters
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:28 PM
I went last year and I ordered my tickets online several months in advance. I didn't get to pick the seats and I'm not sure how it was done. We got our tickets a few days before we were scheduled to leave and ended up sitting on the top row of one of the main courts. We saw Capriati vs Serena and Elena vs Amelie.
When we arrived at the Roland Garros I noticed that we had paid a lot more than what they were selling tickets for at the gate but we had a great time regardless. It may be cheaper to buy the tickets at the gate but I don't know if you'll be able to get on a show court or not. The best matches that I saw were actually on the outside courts. The french men really play to the crowd during the doubles matches on the small courts.
We stayed in Paris and it only took about 15 minutes to get to Roland Garros by train because a train stop was right in front of our hotel.

Justeenium
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:30 PM
cmasters, did you book by mailing to the address at rolandgarros.org?

and where are you from and what hotel did you stay at?

cmasters
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:40 PM
I believe it was from gotickets.com. They were expensive though.
I'm from Memphis, Tennessee.

Caz
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:46 PM
damn, the website says nothing about tickets going to the French only.

You can send them a letter and they will send you a ticket order form, you then reply with a cheque or bank transfer or whatever for the price of the tickets you want, and then you just have to hope. Usually, when I have asked for tickets for several days I have got one or two tickets for the outside courts and then at least half my money refunded, although, last year, they didn't send me any tickets at all, so I ended up deciding not to go (for the first year since 1997). BTW, always tick the part of the form saying they can make any substitues they want to your order, otherwise you may well end up with nothing. I know some of my friends have French friends and they always find it's easiest to use them to get tickets! ;)

Alternatively, if you're willing to pay a lot of money for tickets, it is easy to buy any ticket you want from the ticket touts, who you will find selling tickets openly all the way from Porte d'auteil metro station to the stadium, so openly that once a policemen even told us the only way to get tickets was to buy them from the touts!!!! :eek:

Aretha Franklin
Mar 1st, 2005, 10:37 PM
i can't believe justeenium is going to france. i hope you're going early because i'm going late :)

Tryphon
Mar 1st, 2005, 10:40 PM
I would advise trying to order some tickets right from March 7th.
You can try ordering show courts tickets but it's never sure what you will get - if any.
A safer bet - and cheaper - is to order ground passes if you don't mind.

Then there's always the touts but they are rather expensive.

23TwentyThree23
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:04 AM
It is always very easy to get to Roland Garros. The métro is fast and cheap, the tickets for the ground courts are ok and there is a great atmosphere always!

Xavier_Malisse
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:14 AM
I think I've been there before. Don't think I've ever overstayed my welcome though.

martirogi
Mar 2nd, 2005, 05:04 AM
i wouldnt worry so much about the hotel, where ever you stay the subway is very easy to understand and fast

Justeenium
Mar 2nd, 2005, 05:11 AM
i can't believe justeenium is going to france. i hope you're going early because i'm going late :)

Actually I am going early, I should be leaving France on the first Wednesday as things stand now. :p

And did you change names, I don't believe I've ever spoken to you.

clonesheep
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:26 AM
It would be great if someone could compile a FAQ for the ticket/hotel/transportation etc. for the grand slam events, and post it before each GS. It will help a lot of people here. (As far as ticket goes, the trickiest seems to be Wimbledon. I never understand how the lottery works.)

I have some experience with US Open, but it's still 6 months away.

Caz
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:16 AM
It would be great if someone could compile a FAQ for the ticket/hotel/transportation etc. for the grand slam events, and post it before each GS. It will help a lot of people here. (As far as ticket goes, the trickiest seems to be Wimbledon. I never understand how the lottery works.)

I have some experience with US Open, but it's still 6 months away.

The bad thing about Wimbledon is that the ballot is stupid, at least, last time I checked, you couldn't even say which day you wanted to go or even, if I remember rightly, how many tickets you wanted! :rolleyes: The good thing about Wimbledon is that if you really want a particular ticket to see a particular match you can buy it on the gate at the normal ticket asking price, so long as you are prepared to sleep in the queue for it (which really isn't as bad as it sounds).

BTW, later on I may have to ask you about the USO, as I may possibly be in the US visiting friends at that time, so I may try and make ir there for the first couple of days, but I'm not 100% sure yet.

"Sluggy"
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:19 AM
I go every year. Im sure i could have bought you tickets for the finals if you had responded to my posts several months ago. I am getting all the tickets i ordered this year, i just called them and they have them all for me. that includes 2 nice Center court tickets on Saturday. im a license holder so i basically can get whatever i want; when you order with the general public, you can basically get general admissions seats for any days you want. when you are in the stadium there is a secret booth that nobody knows about were you can buy ground passes cash only. Again, next year just contact me and send me the cost of the tickets and Ill buy them for you. I dont mind so long as you send me a check at the time I order. I bought 180 worth of tickets for other people so i dont mind. Unbelievably some websites sell tickets (Ground passes) for over 100 euros a piece, it is pathetic. I can by unlimited ground passes for any day as a license holder, no limit. I can by 100 of them if i want.

Sarah<Kim-fan>
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:59 AM
The Flemmish Tennis Association used to have a sort of contract with the French, and they got a certain number of tickets then available for Belgians. But there has been a discussion or something, and now they don't that anymore. It's almost impossible to get tickets now for us. But the last 2-3 years we've done it like that that family we have that lives in France buys the tickets for us, and then gives them to us... :)

fifiricci
Mar 2nd, 2005, 10:16 AM
There's an enormous amont of misleading bollocks written on here. Are half of you taking the piss out of our much loved American friend (irony alert in case some of you dont get it):lol:

Not trying to put her off are you?;) .


I got semis tickets for last year, bought at face value from the website, avec credit card, no problem whatsoever.

TM
Mar 2nd, 2005, 10:29 AM
aaahhh...I love the pooch crap filled streets of Paris :D