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teo_honey
Dec 31st, 2009, 01:26 PM
I would like us to make this thread sort of a Roland Garros guide. I invite all of you who have been there to share your experience with us, to tell us what you did, what you bought, what you saw, what you ate, what you felt like... and lots more.
I for one plan to go in 2010 and I would like to ask you what is the best way to buy tickets. And how much tickets cost in 2009, for the first round.

bluepastures
Dec 31st, 2009, 04:29 PM
The ticket website is at http://www.billetterie.fft.fr
Tickets for qualifying rounds (Tuesday 18/05 being mens qualifying only, the Wednesday 19/05 - Friday 21/05 for both men & ladies) are already on sale (but you'll be able to buy them on the day too). I've purchased mine online already. Lots of chances to watch main draw players practising too. Even more main draw players can be watched (both practising and in one-set exhibition matches) on Benny Berthet day on Saturday 22/05.
I think the tickets for main draw (which starts on Sunday 23/05) are supposed to be going on general sale on 1st February (this year it was 1st March). It's cheaper if you choose e-tickets (print them off yourself online, once purchased). Personally, I just go for grounds / annexes tickets as there's so much choice of matches anyway, and they're a lot cheaper than the show courts. You can often get on the show courts anyway, in the early evening when there are less stewards around (saw the whole of the Cirstea - Wozniacki match ticket, by nipping on court 1, despite only having a grounds ticket).

DefyingGravity
Dec 31st, 2009, 04:56 PM
I got tickets for Court Philippe Chatrier for two days, and while it was so valuable, that ticket gets you in everywhere except for Suzanne Lenglen and Court No. 1, at least that's how it was explained to me when I got there. If you want tickets for the main draw, you have to enter the Roland Garros lottery at the ticket website that was already posted extremely early. I was frightened because literally, I watched until it was open to the general public, and I was obviously 5 hours behind the Europeans and everything was sold out except for the Monday and Tuesday. I am happy though, because I saw Safina, Federer, Nadal, Zheng, Lisicki, Safarova in matches and heard Larcher de Brito and saw Sharapova and Kirilenko practice. The next day was Jankovic and a couple of men's matches, but I nipped over to see Sharapova and Petrova even with a Chatrier ticket.

The staff are very helpful and speak so many languages, it's not funny. Don't try and take anything that isn't a camera, your ticket, money, passport, etc. onto the grounds...they're really tight about that. And make sure if you go onto one of the big show courts that you get a little pass to return to that court before you get on it (I made the mistake of not even noticing and well...it was funny, but they were a little irritated). The tickets on Chatrier for really good seats up in the second tier bleachers was 50 euro a piece, but it's well worth it.

teo_honey
Jan 1st, 2010, 06:35 PM
Thanks for your answers. So, from the previous account, I take it that it's difficult to buy tickets for Phillipe Chatrier as they're sold very fast, right? How about the annexes tickets? Can you get them the very day you want to attend?

DefyingGravity
Jan 1st, 2010, 06:42 PM
You can get annex tickets, and most tickets since they save some for sale at the beginning of the day, but you have to queue at about 7 or 8 Paris Time. I recommend going ahead and buying them in advance, so you can enjoy Paris and take your time getting to Roland Garros. It's a bit of a hassle trying to work the subway system, as there's lots of up and down and through tunnels to get to platforms.

bluepastures
Jan 1st, 2010, 08:59 PM
I find it easier to stay within walking distance of Roland Garros (and there are about 5 hotels within 10 minutes walk and probably another 20-30 within 30 minutes walk), then you don't have to use the metro (which can be very busy at peak times, although it never feels quite as crowded as the london underground) every day in your visit.
There is also a large Carrefour supermarket (to the East on the direct route from Michael Ange Molitor metro) about 5 minutes walk from Roland Garros. It saves a lot of time queueing at the kiosks (hence more tennis-watching time) if you take your lunch in with you!

Vartan
Jan 1st, 2010, 09:10 PM
I got tickets for Court Philippe Chatrier for two days, and while it was so valuable, that ticket gets you in everywhere except for Suzanne Lenglen and Court No. 1, at least that's how it was explained to me when I got there. If you want tickets for the main draw, you have to enter the Roland Garros lottery at the ticket website that was already posted extremely early. I was frightened because literally, I watched until it was open to the general public, and I was obviously 5 hours behind the Europeans and everything was sold out except for the Monday and Tuesday. I am happy though, because I saw Safina, Federer, Nadal, Zheng, Lisicki, Safarova in matches and heard Larcher de Brito and saw Sharapova and Kirilenko practice. The next day was Jankovic and a couple of men's matches, but I nipped over to see Sharapova and Petrova even with a Chatrier ticket.

The staff are very helpful and speak so many languages, it's not funny. Don't try and take anything that isn't a camera, your ticket, money, passport, etc. onto the grounds...they're really tight about that. And make sure if you go onto one of the big show courts that you get a little pass to return to that court before you get on it (I made the mistake of not even noticing and well...it was funny, but they were a little irritated). The tickets on Chatrier for really good seats up in the second tier bleachers was 50 euro a piece, but it's well worth it.
:lol:

serenus_2k8
Jan 1st, 2010, 09:11 PM
Are you allowed food? Wimbledon doesnt allow it does it?

Sarah<Kim-fan>
Jan 1st, 2010, 10:41 PM
I went to RG four times so far, but my dad went the last 20 years or so :lol:, so we have quite some experience getting in :)

we always try to get tickets for the first Thursday or Friday, and always get what we want. ( we do try to order them the first day you can order tickets)
we buy Court 1 tickets, then you have access to all annexes (small courts) where there are always very nice matches (especially for the 1st round, they can't put everyone on the show courts), but with the Court 1 tickets you always are sure to have 1 fixed seat on a court, in case it gets busy
but like other say, at around 5pm, you can get on any court you want if you try long enough ;)

it just depends on who you want to see... if you want to see the Williams', Sharapova, Federer, Nadal, Henin etc, get Chatrier or Lenglen tickets. If you just want to see good tennis for little money, Court 1 or annex tickets will do (our court 1 tickets for the first Friday last year cost 28 euros).
It's a grand slam, 64 first round matches for women, 64 for men, all played in 2 days, there is ALWAYS a good match going on somewhere :)
that's also what I like about going to a grand slam. The big stars you can see on tv anytime, but the really interesting matches are often going on on the smaller courts! :)

about the food, I never had any problem taking food inside, drinks are a lot harder, you should look for the rules for that somewhere on the RG site.
and about the electronic tickets someone talked about here, just one remark: we got e-tickets 2 years ago, but if you have them, you have to take the back entrance. and when we were there, the waiting line was huge, so last year we went for the 'normal' tickets again :)

if you have any questions, just pm me ;)

teo_honey
Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:11 PM
Thanks again for your stories. I think we should forget about this thread for a while, since Australian Open is coming and we'll revive it sometime before our dear RG. :lol: But if anyone else wants to ask other questions or share any other information, you are all invited. :) So see you soon!

DefyingGravity
Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:17 PM
I find it easier to stay within walking distance of Roland Garros (and there are about 5 hotels within 10 minutes walk and probably another 20-30 within 30 minutes walk), then you don't have to use the metro (which can be very busy at peak times, although it never feels quite as crowded as the london underground) every day in your visit.
There is also a large Carrefour supermarket (to the East on the direct route from Michael Ange Molitor metro) about 5 minutes walk from Roland Garros. It saves a lot of time queueing at the kiosks (hence more tennis-watching time) if you take your lunch in with you!

See...the French officials behind us busted someone for taking in food....lol, they must be selective. And when I went to London, the fact that the metro is more organized than the Parisian one made me love the Tube more, HAHA.

DefyingGravity
Jan 2nd, 2010, 09:20 PM
Bottom line is, either way, you're seeing great tennis!!! Oh, and prepare for any wide array of weather. I always assumed that the tournament progressively warmed up, and when I got there after flying for 12 hours between Columbus, Ohio to North Carolina to Paris, the city was OBNOXIOUSLY hot, but the next day it was cold and rainy. 4 seasons within a day is how I'd describe it.

cecilija
Apr 12th, 2010, 06:59 PM
Has anyone ever bought the tickets from the touts? I was wondering what the price range could be? I ask this, because it looks likely that I will have to rely on them to get the ticket for the 26th of May.

The cheapest price I found on the other sites is 144 euros for CAT 2 on Chatrier, I fear the touts might sell them to a golden price.

duhcity
Apr 12th, 2010, 08:52 PM
You have to purchase tickets for qualifying? :tape:

gillibean
Apr 13th, 2010, 08:04 AM
Does anyone know how one would go about getting a job as an IBM data collector at the French?

Cheers

preezy
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:32 AM
hi all
i have by mistake bought two tickets for roland garros PHILIPPE CHATRIER court on Tuesday 1st June.
i would like to exchange with someone one of the tickets for a seat on one of the big courts on Wednesday 2nd June.

anyone who can help me?

bluepastures
Apr 24th, 2010, 09:37 AM
Try the official Roland Garros ticket exchange at http://www.rolandgarros.viagogo.com/ . I think they do everything at face value, so you'll be able to sell your ticket (if someone's interested which they almost certainly will be for that day) and attempt to buy a ticket for the Wednesday.
Re: the earlier post about qualifying. Tickets for the qualifying will definitely still be available on the day, it's just that you'll probably spend 10 minutes longer queueing.
Hope everyone else's tickets are arriving, my e-tickets arrived by email last week.

cecilija
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:04 PM
Try the official Roland Garros ticket exchange at http://www.rolandgarros.viagogo.com/ . I think they do everything at face value, so you'll be able to sell your ticket (if someone's interested which they almost certainly will be for that day) and attempt to buy a ticket for the Wednesday.
Re: the earlier post about qualifying. Tickets for the qualifying will definitely still be available on the day, it's just that you'll probably spend 10 minutes longer queueing.
Hope everyone else's tickets are arriving, my e-tickets arrived by email last week.

How does this exchange work?

Mary Cherry.
May 24th, 2010, 10:38 AM
I'm hoping the e-ticket system isn't as complicated at it looks, hopefully there's English-speaking help on hand. Yes, I'm an ignorant tourist :tape:

!<blocparty>!
May 24th, 2010, 05:57 PM
You can get annex tickets, and most tickets since they save some for sale at the beginning of the day, but you have to queue at about 7 or 8 Paris Time. I recommend going ahead and buying them in advance, so you can enjoy Paris and take your time getting to Roland Garros. It's a bit of a hassle trying to work the subway system, as there's lots of up and down and through tunnels to get to platforms.

Can someone confirm that this is still the case? What about for the middle weekend?

From my (unanswered) GM thread :mad: :

Hi Guys,

I am sorry but this has probably been posted 320135163516351 times before but a) the search function doesn't work for me, b) there isn't enough info in the RG Forum "Tournament Guide" thread and c) there is no (obvious) info on the fucking website!

I will be in Paris for a few days towards the end of the week and want to get annexes tickets on the day (this coming Saturday). As they're all sold out online, I understood that you can queue up from 8(ish) in the morning and get in for the start of play.

Can anyone confirm this is still happening this year? What is the best queue to join? What time would you recommend showing up baring in mind it is a w/e.

Any help would be appreciated