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Anybody know how tickets work for the 08 French Open? I bought my plane ticket and reserved an apartment, now I have my fingers crossed that I can get my hands on tickets. I submitted an application online through the FFT. Now just have to wait til April...

Is it a lottery or is it first-come first-served? If it's a lottery, anybody know the likelihood of actually getting tickets? Obviously would depend on what day you're trying to get, we're trying for tickets for the entire second week. 4 of us submitted for two days each, we doubled up on tix for the finals on Sunday just in case. Anybody have any advice for me?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Anybody know how tickets work for the 08 French Open? I bought my plane ticket and reserved an apartment, now I have my fingers crossed that I can get my hands on tickets. I submitted an application online through the FFT. Now just have to wait til April...

Is it a lottery or is it first-come first-served? If it's a lottery, anybody know the likelihood of actually getting tickets? Obviously would depend on what day you're trying to get, we're trying for tickets for the entire second week. 4 of us submitted for two days each, we doubled up on tix for the finals on Sunday just in case. Anybody have any advice for me?

Thanks in advance!
Hi hawkeye. It is very much a lottery - I have known people apply in November and not get any, and others who apply a day before the deadline and get them :rolleyes: It is done on a ballot system like Wimbledon. I know for the first week that it's generally pretty easy to get tickets, as they sell Grounds Passes as well, and lots of people prefer those, as so many good matches take place on the outside courts in the first week, and they are cheaper than show courts. I think second week is obviously harder as you're really only looking to get on the Showcourts and there is a very high demand , but I would think between all of you, you will be alright.

Btw - if you go into the Archive section here, and look at the Roland Garros sections for both 2006 and 2007, you will find lots of threads about tickets, accomodation, general tips etc which you may find helpful.

Enjoy your trip.
 

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Re: Purchasing 08 tickets?

I think you'll be fine for the first week.
 

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help needed

hey peeps
i am looking to go to roland garros for the 1st time this year
maybe for the 1st 5 days of main draw
i am interesting in getting advice from others who have been before
i would like just a ground pass. does that entitle you to go to any main stadium (phillipe chatrier, suzanne lenglen)? can you get tickets on the day? do you have to line up? or do you have to buy them before hand?
also what about accomodation? i am thinking maybe find a hostel close to the venue. any suggestions?
hope someone can help me out
any assistance will be greatly appreciated
thanks a lot in advance
 

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Nope, ground passes don't get you into the showcourts. It's also not advisable to get tickets on the day. While they may have some available at the cash decks, and while there are many ticket touts, it's best to just order them in advance.
 

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Since some days I also know for sure that I will go to RG this year again :)
Already so much looking forward to it :bounce: :bounce:

As I only know since this week that I get holidays during RG, I unfortunately missed the deadline to apply for tickets :(
I know it is still very early, but in order to avoid queueing early in the morning, I already ask if someone maybe has spare-tickets? I would need tickets for the first days sunday to wednesday.

So, please think of me anyone who already has or gets a spare ticket :hug:
 

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This is the first year I've entered the ballot for RG tickets and I had a question to those who've entered before, when do you usually hear whether you got the tickets or not.
 

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on the online form it says that they are going to start balloting the non FFT members from 7th April, so you should hopefully hear something from next week if things go to plan.
I think I heard about the middle of April when I got tickets last year, via email, so hopefully not long to wait now. :)
 
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This is the first year I've entered the ballot for RG tickets and I had a question to those who've entered before, when do you usually hear whether you got the tickets or not.
PinkFeatherBoa (nice name BTW) is right, you should normally hear from them in the coming weeks;). When are you planning to go ?
 

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I'll go there surently at Benny Berthet's day and on Wednesday 28th May for the 2nd round...
 

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on the online form it says that they are going to start balloting the non FFT members from 7th April, so you should hopefully hear something from next week if things go to plan.
I think I heard about the middle of April when I got tickets last year, via email, so hopefully not long to wait now. :)
Two friends of mine receved their emails from the FFT today, so obviously the system is now well underway :)
 

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Yes, I've heard back on my order now, just waiting on my friend's.

I got seats ok for the first week as usual but I was wondering if anyone knows how you tell which zone you have on Chatrier, since they changed the zone names. I have tickets in H.Cochet, I guess that this is the old "blue zone" based on how much they're costing.

I actually ended up with much worse seats this year than last, despite applying early for once! This ballot system is so stupid!
 

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Yes, I've heard back on my order now, just waiting on my friend's.

I got seats ok for the first week as usual but I was wondering if anyone knows how you tell which zone you have on Chatrier, since they changed the zone names. I have tickets in H.Cochet, I guess that this is the old "blue zone" based on how much they're costing.

I actually ended up with much worse seats this year than last, despite applying early for once! This ballot system is so stupid!
Sorry I can't help you with that :shrug: As far as I remember though, the "foreigners" always get the worst seats in the Ballot - as near to the back as possible :sad: Yes - one of my friends is a bit disappointed with the Ballot this year, - she applied in the very first week and only got one ticket for the first Sunday when she wanted two. Presumably they must have sold out really quickly! So if anyone has a spare for the first Sunday, please PM me and I will let her know as I know she would be very happy to buy it :)
 

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Sorry I can't help you with that :shrug: As far as I remember though, the "foreigners" always get the worst seats in the Ballot - as near to the back as possible :sad:
Yes, unfortunately that does seem to be the case. I always ask for red zone, but am usually quite a long way back even so.

This year I've not heard anything yet and have been checking the website every day since Monday, but then I did ask for two tickets for the men's final, so not sure I'll get those. It's annoying to have to wait so long though, because I need to book flights very soon. At least for Wimbledon the ballot results are out in good time - during the second week of the AO.
 

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Anyone have two spare tickets for saturday 31? I did not get any in the lottery. Is it hard to get tickets by the gate? All help appreciated.
 

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Buying Tickets for The French Open

Hello,
I'm planning to go to Paris at around the end of May - start of June as a family trip (I'm from Israel).
When I heard that the tournament starts on May 25th, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to watch it while I'm there.
I tried to find out a bit about buying tickets, and discovered that now, after the ballot / lottery, the only practical way to get some (or even one!) is queuing on the day or buying them from touts. Now, I came up with a few questions:

1) Is it really so? Are these the only ways to get tickets? If I decide to queue on the day, when should I come and how long should I wait? Is it anything like Wimbledon...? And if I decide to buy from the touts...?

2) Will I be able to buy tickets also for the 3 main stadiums or only for the small courts? Should I come earlier if I want to get tickets for the main ones?

3) When, in your opinion, is the best date to go? For example, I wouldn't want to see the qualifying stage, and would also less like to see the boys/girls/doubles matches - I mainly want to see the singles. I'm afraid that if I go close to the end of the tournament, for example, I will not be able to see the big games in the main courts (is that true?), and there won't be any singles games in the small ones. Any ideas?

4) What type of games should I expect to see in the small courts? Anything like Wimbledon? Worse? Better?

If you have any other information, even if it does not regard my previous questions, please share it with me.
I'd really appreciate any kind of help.
Thanks in advance,
Jonathan
 

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Hello Jonathan,

I'm going to try to reply to your questions :


1) Is it really so? Are these the only ways to get tickets? If I decide to queue on the day, when should I come and how long should I wait? Is it anything like Wimbledon...? And if I decide to buy from the touts...?
"The tickets not allocated during the preceding phases will go on sale at ticket windows at the Roland-Garros stadium as from Monday 19 May 2008.". On the French Federation website, they said from, but most of the time, it's only on monday. Last year, I went there just before the beginning of the tournament, and I couldn't buy one before the opening of the tournament, so it's only on monday 19, so one week before the start, that you can try to buy them. Of course, you have to queue early. I did that a few years ago, I arrived around 7am. If you can't come on Monday 19, you can try to buy them during the qualies. If you can't attend to the qualies, you'll have to queue each day. The arrival time is around 6.30 - 7.00 am, it's not a lot comparing to Wimbly I think. This year, I'll have to queue on wednesday because no tickets for that day (kids day).

2) Will I be able to buy tickets also for the 3 main stadiums or only for the small courts? Should I come earlier if I want to get tickets for the main ones?
For the courts when you'll find availabilities. If there are still availabilities for the main courts, it will be possible. Most of the time, when you queue in the morning, and if you arrive very early, you have a lot of chances to have tickets, but you won't have the cheapest ones unfortunately. Come around 6.30-7am. If you stay in a hotel close to the stadium, you can come earlier, up to you :)

3) When, in your opinion, is the best date to go? For example, I wouldn't want to see the qualifying stage, and would also less like to see the boys/girls/doubles matches - I mainly want to see the singles. I'm afraid that if I go close to the end of the tournament, for example, I will not be able to see the big games in the main courts (is that true?), and there won't be any singles games in the small ones. Any ideas?
For me, the best days are the qualies and the first rounds, because you can see everyone and your faves. During the qualies, players practrice, even if you don't have access to all the courts during the qualies. You only have an access to one part of the stadium, but on saturday (for the Benny Berthey day) you have access to every court so it's great to see your faves practricing. I have to admit that the conditions are very good in Paris comparing to other tournaments. In France, we complain a little bit but I had the occasions to go to other tournaments, and in Paris/and in Monte-Carlo, the practrice conditions are great, because you can see your faves very close and you can talk to them (depending if you are a fan of a top player or not lol). On main courts, in the first week, you'll find all the french players, which is logical because we are in France. Most of the time, you have great matches on the smaller courts, the atmosphere is better and you are close to the game, to the players, you can take great pictures. I like a lot the smaller courts. During the first week, you also have the doubles (from wednesday). I'd recommend you to come the first week of course, for me the best is from saturday (with the charity day) until saturday. Then, there are less players and the atmosphere is different.

4) What type of games should I expect to see in the small courts? Anything like Wimbledon? Worse? Better?
As I said earlier, you can have great matches on smaller courts and bad matches on the main courts. Most of the time, there are great matches on the smaller ones and the people who are really interested by the game go to the smaller courts. Of course, on the main courts, you'll have THE Federer, Nadal and co, but it's a special atmosphere to go to the smallest. Most of the time, the atmosphere is great, the matches are long, especially in Roland-Garros.

I hope I helped you a little bit :)
 

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I'll just add, that it is quite possible to aquire an entrance ticket on a fair price. Many would be spectators would sell their unused tickets rather to the fellow fans than to the black market dealers. I've witnessed that at the Porte Suzann Lenglen a couple of times last year. It is not a guarantee, but worth a try.
 

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Hi all, I have tickets available for the first week if any of you are still looking .... Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th. I have mostly ground passes but I also have a very limited number of show court tickets.

If interested, please send me a PM me for further details.

Thanks,
Mark
 

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Thank you to all of you who have contacted me regarding tickets for Roland Garros, and especially to those of you who bought tickets from me.

Just to let you know that I now only have a few ground passes left for Tuesday 27th & Thursday 29th May. These have been listed on e-bay or are available by contacting me. Please PM me if interested or e-mail me at [email protected].

Cheers,
Mark
 
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