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Question Going to Roland Garros 2004

I'm from Brazil and I'm going to Roland Garros for the first time next year (2004). I want to watch the fourteen days of the tournament. I would like to get information from anyone who have already gone to this fantastic tournament. Every information is usefull for me. My main questions are:
1) Is it possible to get the tickets for the second week when I get to Paris (at the Roland Garros Box Office)?
2) Is it necessary to book all the tickets before I be there?
3) If I book my tickets with antecedence, how can I see my favourite players? (I don't know in which courts they will play by now).

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Hi Seproten, - well I've been going to Roland Garros each year for the last 10 years now, so I will TRY and answer your questions as best I can......

The majority of tickets are sold in advance through the French Tennis Federation (FFT), in March/April time. You send off for a form (which will be sent to you sometime in February), and then just send the form back to them with your cheque/credit card number and keep your fingers crossed. Good news, - I have always got some tickets this way without a problem, - bad news, you can only buy tickets for a maximum of 3 days by this method and have to stipulate your chosen court in advance, so you will not be able to get all the tickets you require this way. If there are any unsold tickets left after this ballot has taken place they will be are sold on the door at Roland Garros about a week before the tournament starts. Just queue up and hope they have something good left.

During the first week, once you are inside, it is sometimes possible to buy "returns" for other days on the main courts from a "returns" kiosk underneath the Suzanne Lenglen Court, - there are not usually many of these though.

Undoubtedly the easiest way to purchase tickets is from the "touts" at the gates on the day. If you leave it til shortly before play starts they will normally sell them to you at face value (or very little more), and I have NEVER seen anyone stopped or refused entry with one of these tickets. This also means you can buy a ticket for the "right" court, instead of having a Centre Court ticket when your favourite is playing elsewhere.

As you will tell from all this it is probably going to be impossible for you to have tickets for every day before you get to France, and I guess it is a really long journey for you to "risk" it, but there shouldn't be a problem. Another good trick, - if you do end up with tickets for a court you don't want, it is always possible to swop them, either with a "tout" outside, or just by talking to other fans in the queues outside or maybe in your Hotel if you are staying nearby. I have done this loads of times.

Anyway I hope this helps, - Roland Garros is a wonderful tournament and I'm sure you will love it Of course I don't know who your own favourites are, but the FFT are pretty good at "sharing" the top players around, so you should get a chance to see everyone over the course of the fortnight. For example, last year I saw Juan-Carlos Ferrero playing on an outside court, and quite a few others as well. Practice courts are easily accessible too and you can eatch your favourites practicing with no restrictions and take photos without a problem.

Most of all - have fun, - may see you there!!
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Re: Going to Roland Garros 2004

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3) If I book my tickets with antecedence, how can I see my favourite players? (I don't know in which courts they will play by now).
It's not possible to know in advance in which court they will play, and what day...the good players play on the centre court (philippe Chatrier) or on the Suzanne Lenglen, or ont the court N°1, and for each court, one specific ticket, so you can just croos your fingers...(if you want to see Guga, for example, buy tickets for centre court or lenglen, he plays only on these courts, but it depends of days...)

And it's easy to see players to practice, you have access to the training courts, that's great !

Now...good luck !

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Thank you Rosie, your information was really great!

Could you answer some more questions, please?

Do you thing that is possible to book the tickets for the final , SF and QF through the FFT? Aren't they very hard to get?
Is it possible to purchase tickets for the outside courts in the first week at face value when I get to Paris?

I'm asking you that because I think it will be very difficult and expensive to get tickets for the final, SF and QF from the "touts" and I thing it's better to guarantee them through the booking. Am I right?

Thank you. May see you there!!
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Thank you Rosie, your information was really great!

Could you answer some more questions, please?

Do you thing that is possible to book the tickets for the final , SF and QF through the FFT? Aren't they very hard to get?
Is it possible to purchase tickets for the outside courts in the first week at face value when I get to Paris?

I'm asking you that because I think it will be very difficult and expensive to get tickets for the final, SF and QF from the "touts" and I thing it's better to guarantee them through the booking. Am I right?

Thank you. May see you there!!
Well I've never tried to buy tickets for the final week-end from the FFT but I guess you could try when you get your order form. Obviously these are going to be the most popular days though, so your chances are greatly reduced, but yes, you are right, they WILL be the most expensive tickets from the touts so you're better off getting them in advance if you can.

First week shouldn't really be that difficult though, unless one of the French players is on Philippe Chatrier Court as they always put the prices up for those matches.

So good luck - hope you get there safely and have a great time, - and as you can probably guess from my avatar you will always be able to find me watching Nalbandian and Coria......
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when you buy tickets for centre court, can you also go to the other courts, like lenglen or 1-??? for instance, at the us open, i had tickets for ashe and didn't want to see the match that was up-- i could go to armstrong or any other court i wanted to. is this similar to at the french? i might be taking a trip to france this summer with my family, so i should be asking questions as well.
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Well, I haven't been at Roland Garros during the tournament but I've been there the sunday beofre the turnament starts and t's pretty cool.

The entrance is 16 euros for the all day and you can go on any court.

That day, players play little games or they train and it's nice because you can speak to the players easily and they are not as stressed as during the tournament so can go there as well.

You can buy your ticket on sunday, I've never had any problem with that.

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Re: Going to Roland Garros 2004

ohhh, ur lucky 2 go 2 RG coz i haven't been there or France for that matter.
oh, sowwy, i'm no help am i !!
well have fun there Seproten!!
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when you buy tickets for centre court, can you also go to the other courts, like lenglen or 1-??? for instance, at the us open, i had tickets for ashe and didn't want to see the match that was up-- i could go to armstrong or any other court i wanted to. is this similar to at the french? i might be taking a trip to france this summer with my family, so i should be asking questions as well.
No, Roland Garros is the same as Wimbledon, - if you have a show court ticket, you can only go to that court or to any of the "outside courts" where free-seating is available. Actully, I have quite often had a main court ticket and preferred to stay out on these outside courts all day - you can get really close to the players for photos and you often get a better atmosphere on the "outside courts" because everything is so much smaller and more intimate, and not so many empty "sponsors and guests'" seats.
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Re: Going to Roland Garros 2004

Another doubt:

I'm going with two other people, my sister and a friend. I saw on Roland Garros Website that I can book four seats for a maximum 3 days.

It means that I can book 3 seats for 3 days and my sister and my friend can do the same, so we can together book tickets for 9 days?
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Another doubt:

I'm going with two other people, my sister and a friend. I saw on Roland Garros Website that I can book four seats for a maximum 3 days.

It means that I can book 3 seats for 3 days and my sister and my friend can do the same, so we can together book tickets for 9 days?
Yes, as long as you are not trying to book them all using the same address or credit card number, as the FFT's computer systems are quite good at checking things like that in case someone is trying to be fraudulent!
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thanks for the info! but my 2 fav players are roger and seles... so they will prolly both be playing on center court for nearly every match they play. i know nearly for a fact that monica will be center court... and roger playing kinda close to home should be there too. i think i'd get tickets there, and if they aren't scheduled to play there, ill have to catch their practice. but it would be kinda sucky to pretend to watch another match if one of them is playing on another court
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thanks for the info! but my 2 fav players are roger and seles... so they will prolly both be playing on center court for nearly every match they play. i know nearly for a fact that monica will be center court... and roger playing kinda close to home should be there too. i think i'd get tickets there, and if they aren't scheduled to play there, ill have to catch their practice. but it would be kinda sucky to pretend to watch another match if one of them is playing on another court
Yes, I've tried that a few times and it DOESN'T work! Mind you, there is a big TV screen in the plaza in the centre of Roland Garros, and they always show the main centre court matches on this, - so if all else fails you can sit and eat a picnic and watch that.......I've done that a few times, - it's quite fun and a good atmosphere especially if a French player is playing!
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Gee was I ever lucky when I was there in 2001.
Couse I had tickets for Susane Lenglen which was actually fine as Martina Hingis played there.

But then I found out that they put Roger an Court 1!!! Why not 2 or 3 ?? Well I started to watch the match on lenglen but just couldn't stand it knowing Roger playing on the other court so I left and tried to get in. Sure the guards refused (there were also two other ppl there with the same problem) to let us in. But we keept hanging around hoping some one would leave and we could swop as Rosie mentioned but no one left. Well after a while and beeing the last match of the day he still let us in . Probably well knowing that it'll soon be dark anyways and that the court wasn't full (couse it's been raining off and on all day long.)
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Call or email the FFt to be sure before you do anything. Make sure you write clearly and check up on the FFT from time to time. I sent in a form last year and somehow they didn't get it or lost it and I actually couldn't go there. The monday before the tourney started I queued for 6 hours and in the end the only tickets they had were ground passes for the first sunday. I was dissapointed at first cause I wanted tickets for the first two days, but in the end it was all good. I still enjoyed myself. The Sunday before the tournament starts is a day you can't miss either.
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