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2019 French Open Tennis Tournament

Would appreciate any suggestions for attending the French Open Tennis Tournament. Tickets, best dates, transportation from Paris, etc.
Thank you.

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We went in 2016. Roland Garros is in the southern area of the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th Arrondissment. As this was our main goal for our two days in Paris, we stayed in a hotel in the 16th and simply walked to and from the venue.

We have been to other major tennis tournaments (US Open, Australian Open) as well as BNP Paribas. Our preference is to go during the early rounds, when all the players are there, and just get grounds passes (online, when ticket sales open) rather than an expensive package with prime stadium seating. Then we wander the outer courts and non-reserved stadium and find matches we want to watch. We can also watch practice, which is the only way we have seen Roger in person ( at Melbourne).

The main matches with the big name players will be shown on screens around the grounds and offer a better view of the play than a seat high up in the stadium.

I will say the French Open was our least favorite of the tournaments we have attended. The security screening to get in is serious and time-consuming ( more than an hour in lines). And they admit too many people into the grounds. It ends up very crowded and difficult to move around. But the energy is great and it is fun to be there.

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My family and I went last year and enjoyed it immensely--a real trip highlight. Buy your tickets online as soon as they open sales; you will need to wake up in the middle of the night if you are in the U.S. The website details what the schedule is for each day of the tournament and there is plenty to see if you are a fan of the sport, including the retired greats. There is a metro that takes you right there from Paris; I think it was a pleasant 10 minute walk.

Our tickets were middle of the tournament general entry; we arrived as soon as they opened that day. Security was similar to the airport, but no crowds or lines early in the day. Pray for rain the day before you plan to go because this means you will get to see top tier matches made up in the smaller courts with your general pass the day you attend. This was awesome!

Food and drinks were reasonably priced as were the souvenirs. Have fun!

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We went to the French Open in 2014. Go the official French Open website, find out when tickets go on sale to the general public outside of France, set your alarm and wake up so you can go on line to buy the tickets for the session you want. Keep in mind, unlike the US Open, a ticket for the main tennis stadium court (Chatrier) means you will NOT be able to see any match you want. You'll have to decide if you want to see matches on Chatrier, Lenglen, Court 1 (the former bull ring), and Court 2. Or you can get a grounds pass which does not include entry to any of the separately ticketed show courts. Best dates? Are you a tennis fan? Then it's up to you which rounds you prefer. We like going to early round matches as we do at the US Open every year.

Take the métro to Roland Garros. Be prepared to show your passport as a form of ID along with your ticket when you enter your ticketed court. Bathrooms were limited in 2014 and the lines were slow and long. Hopefully they have remedied that problem by now.

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I haven't gone to the games, but I've been in Paris during the Open. There was a big screen set up in front of the Hotel de Ville with some bleachers and lots of room to sit on the pavement. You could stop by anytime to watch as much as you liked. They also had a small clay court set up and you could pay to hit some balls or get a lesson.