French Tennis Open
Location: French Tennis Open at Roland Garros
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DescriptionThe French Tennis Open is one of the most prestigious events in the annual tennis calendar and is also one of the famous four Grand Slam tournaments (the others being the Australian Open, Wimbeldon and the US Open).
The French Tennis Open at Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam still held on clay and ends the spring clay court season. Due to the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
The French Open is extremely popular and tickets are expensive especially for the three show courts "Phillipe Chatrier" (Center Court), "Suzanne Lenglen" and "Court 1". Prices for matches on these courts range in price from 150 to 450 Euro.
Tickets to the outside courts also know as "Annexe Courts" are much cheaper at only 21 Euro but generally only give you access to the early round games of lower ranked players or to the junior finals. Seating with an "annexe ticket" is on a first come first served basis so it's important to know the schedule and get to the right court early to secure seats. Try to get these tickets for the first week of the tournament when you might catch some good singles matches.
These "annexe tickets" enable you to soak up the atmosphere of the Roland Garros stadium during the French Open and give you access to the the practice courts which are great for autographs, food courts, souvenir shops and the "Place des Mousquetaires" where hundreds of fans congregate to watch the action taking place on the main show courts on giant screen TVs.
Tickets can be ordered directly from the Roland Garros website but they sell out a few months before the French Open. You can also buy tickets on-line but expect to pay a premium and always use a reliable company.
**Insider Tip:** Go to watch the qualifiers that start the week before on May 18th and you will get a feel for the famous stadium and may also be lucky enough to see some of the big stars training. Tickets for this event are available online or at the gate on the day. Prices are around 15 Euro a ticket.
Visit the new Roland Garros Tennis museum to learn more about the history of the French open and to see a collection of the prizes awarded to past winners of the tournament.
Venue InformationDate: 24 May - 6 June
Address: Stade Roland-Garros, 2 Avenue Gordon Bennett 75016 Paris
Tickets: Check Roland Garros website or Fnac.com
website: Fench Tennis Open
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