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Sports fan? Visit Roland Garros in Paris!

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Roland Garros, also called the French Open, is an annual grand slam tennis tournament, which is held in late May, at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, under the wings of the FFT, the French Tennis Federation. The trophy for winning the women’s tournament is the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. The men can win the Coupe des Mousquetaires.

The first French Open Championship was held in 1891. In 1927 it was posthumously named after the French aviator and war hero Roland Garros (1888-1918).
This Tournament attracts the biggest players in the international tennis top year after year. The program includes men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and a juniors’ tournament. It is played on clay. The Roland Garros accommodation can accommodate about 37,000 spectators daily. The three larger playing fields are Court Philippe Chatrier (Centre Court), Court No.1and Court Suzanne Lenglen.

What to expect from the tournament

Together with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, Roland Garros is one of the four biggest and most historic Tennis Tournaments worldwide. These four tournaments together make up the legendary Grand Slam. In the history of international tennis, there a very few players who have won the Grand Slam in one year; Donald Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) are the only men and Margaret Court (1970), Maureen Connolly (1953) and Steffi Graf (1988) the only women who won the four biggest tournaments in one single year. Nowadays it is even more difficult, because all the tournaments are played on different surfaces. At the US Open they have a Decoturf court, a clay court at Roland Garros, Plexicushion at the Australian Open and Gras at Wimbledon.

The most recent players to have won the four tournaments are the players who will probably be present at the 2014 edition of Roland Garros, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nadal has won Roland Garros no fewer than eight times out of the nine appearances and is also referred to as the “King of Clay”.

How to get tickets

Roland Garros offers different tickets and also has some regulations. Make sure you read all the conditions before ordering any tickets! You are allowed to buy a limited amount of tickets for example.

There are individual tickets, for 1 day, and the so called “Packs” for multiple days. Next to the regular tickets and packs you can also buy tickets including receptions, meetings with players etc. which will cost you more money of course. You can find all the ticket information on the Roland Garros website. Tickets for the finals tend to be from around  €200 for FFT members and slightly more for the general public.

Where to stay

Visiting Roland Garros is the perfect excuse to stay a little longer in Paris and enjoy this beautiful city while staying in a relaxing and comfortable hotel such as my favourite, Hotel Sofitel Paris Faubourg. Paris is a famous city that offers possibilities for shopping, sightseeing and delicious food, so combine this beautiful city with a great sports event. On the Roland Garros website there is an acces page which will tell you exactly which transport possibilities there are to reach the event, Paris offers various ways of public transport and the Roland Garros area is easy accessible.

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