Tips & Tricks for Roland Garros outside courts
Outside court tickets give access to all smaller courts at Roland Garros. Here are some tips and tricks which will help you to have an amazing experience and get the most out of your tickets!
Tip 1: Take a look at the playing schedule in advance
We suggest you take a look at the official schedule before your visit, you’ll be able to avoid any chaos and immediately go to the right court after arrival. It’s important to keep up with the latest playing schedule because it may even change hours before the game.
It’s also very convenient to download the official Roland Garros app (available for iOS and Android) on your smartphone, the app helps you navigate through the complex and gives advice on how to get there.
Tip 2: Make sure you arrive early
When buying outside court tickets your tickets are not assigned to specific seats. It’s first come first served, when you arrive early you can pick the best spot. But if you arrive late there’s a possibility the stands are already completely full and you would have to wait for a free spot. Gates usually open at 10am.
Tip 3: Bring your own food and drinks
The food you can buy at Roland Garros is quite pricey, so we recommend you bring your own lunch or snack (since you’re allowed to bring everything you want except sharp knives and containers over 1.5 litres). Another benefit of bringing your own food and drinks is that you don’t have to leave your seat and wait in queues at food stalls.
Tip 4: Bring sun cream and protective clothing
There isn’t much shade in most tennis stadiums, that’s why it’s important to bring enough sun cream so you don’t end up being sunburnt at the end of the day. Of course a scarf or cap would also do the trick and protect you from the sun. Otherwise it’s not always sunny in Paris so we also recommend to bring a poncho or raincoat in case there’s bad weather coming.
Tip 5: Don’t drink too much
It’s very important to stay hydrated but drinking too much is not a good idea. The toilets at Roland Garros are located outside the stadium, when you leave your seat you might not get it back afterwards.
Tip 6: Take the subway
One of the most convenient ways of transportation in Paris is the subway (metro). It takes approximately 20 minutes to go from the city centre to the Porte d’Auteuil, which is the nearest subway station from the tennis venue. To get to Porte d’Auteuil you have to take subway line 10. If you don’t like the crowds (which will definitely be there when using the subway) you can of course take a taxi or Uber.
Tip 7: Stay the evening
A lot of people tend to leave late in the afternoon or early evening. That’s why the courts are less crowded in the evening and it will be a lot easier to get a good seat at one of the outside courts. There are usually some games in play until around 9 to 9:30pm (dependant on the length of the games and the time it gets dark outside).