The Roland Garros tournament, also known as the French Open, is one of the most high profile events on the tennis calendar. Together with Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open, it forms part of the sport’s four big grand slams and is the only one of them which is played on a clay court. If you come to the French Open, you’re guaranteed to see the world’s best tennis players in action and no doubt there will be lots of drama taking place on those legendary red courts. In 2016, world number one Serena Williams missed out on her fourth title by narrowly losing to Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza while Serbian Novak Djokovic finally claimed his first French Open title over Andy Murray. With the Scot in top form, can he claim the top prize in 2017?
If you’d like to see the world’s top players in action, the easiest way is to buy your tickets online from the Roland Garros official website. In terms of travel, your nearest airports are Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Head to the centre of Paris via metro or overground RER network train and then on to either Michel-Ange Molitor or Michel-Ange Auteuil station on metro line 9 or Porte d’Auteuil or Boulogne Jean Jaurès stations on line 10. There are free official shuttles on hand to transport you from the metro station direct to the stadium.
As with all of the world’s top sporting events, it’s wise to book your Roland Garros entry tickets, flights and accommodation early as the eyes of the world are on Paris every year during this exciting fortnight. Although you’d be unlucky not to have good weather during a Parisian summer, there were a couple of days in the 2016 tournament when play was halted due to rain. If play does stop due to weather, you can apply for a refund via the official website.
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If you’re heading to Roland Garros to check out the French Open, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do in this great city when you’re not courtside watching the games. Head into town and see all the famous sites by boat by taking a cruise down the River Seine. Or get some retail therapy on the world-famous shopping street, the Champs-Elysées. If you’d rather give your feet a rest, have some down time lounging around in the city’s beautiful parks of Tuileries Garden and the Luxembourg Gardens.
To find out more information about the Roland Garros French Open, please head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out more about how to get centre court tickets, ticket pricing, the history of the tournament and the stadium together with a full list of past winners.
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