Roland Garros 2016: The French Open in Paris

A Historic Tennis Tournament

French Open 2011
••• A shot from the 2011 French Open. ferbent/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

The French Open at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris is one of the year's most hotly anticipated professional tennis tournaments: thousands flock to the stadium in May and June every year to get a glimpse of standing champions or up-and-coming players in action on the red clay courts.

The tournament harks all the way back to 1891 (although the current stadium wasn't built until 1928) and has seen countless key moments in tennis history.

Tennis enthusiasts  should do their best to snag a seat at the French Open, but be aware that tickets are always coveted and can be very difficult to get, so you should try to reserve several months ahead.

Information on Roland Garros 2016

  • Dates: Sunday, May 22nd through Sunday, June 5th, 2016.
  • Where: Roland Garros Stadium
    2, avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris 16th arrondissement
    Metro: Line 9: Mairie de Montreuil - Pont de Sèvres (use stations Michel-Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitor or Porte de Saint-Cloud); Line 10: Gare d'Austerlitz-Boulogne (Porte d'Auteuil station)
    Shuttle buses are available for the duration of the tourmanent to transport ticketed passengers to and from the stadium. See more information on shuttle bus services here

Where to Buy Tickets For Roland Garros 2015 Matches? 

Again, it's extremely difficult to secure reasonably priced seats unless you book well in advance. Visit the official ticketing site to try your luck.

 

Who Won the French Open in the Past?

Even if you can't make it to a match, the Open has seen many glorious moments and winning streaks-- including Spanish player Rafael Nadal's streak as reigning champion in the Men's Singles category in 9 out of 10 attempts between 2005 and 2014!

Read more: Find out who won the French Open at Roland Garros in past years here

Where Else to Watch French Open Matches in Paris?

Let's face it: not everyone can afford those coveted tickets for stadium or courtside seats at the Open, and even if you could, they're very often sold out before you get a chance to snag 'em. Luckily, there are other ways to enjoy the matches in a fun, public spirit in Paris.

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A giant screen deployed at Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville, metro Hotel de Ville) will be broadcasting the major matches from this year's French Open. Even better? It's free. Bring a picnic and enjoy. 

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Getting There: Hotel de Ville - Esplanade de L'Hotel de Ville, Metro Hotel de Ville (Line 1, 11)