How To Enjoy The French Open, Paris 2015
Named after French World War aviator, Roland Garros, The French Open is number 2 of 4 Grand Slams that take place every year, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. What makes The French Open stand out is that it takes place on clay courts, making it known as one of the most physically demanding tennis tournaments in the world. If you love tennis (and Paris!), it’s definitely worth travelling to enjoy this event.
In order to stop people making a profit off the original ticket sales, The French Open is very strict about their admissions process. You won’t be able to turn up on the day and buy your ticket; you will need to purchase it in advance. Once your name is on the ticket, that’s it. You won’t be able to give it to a friend – you will have to show your passport at the entrance gate, to confirm your identity, and then you will able to enter.
Often, you won’t know who is playing on which courts and when, at this stage. It’s best to just guess and book multiple days in a row, rather than just one (if you’re hoping to see certain people). If you leave it to the last minute, you may be able to purchase your tickets more cheaply, but it may be better to just book early, so you have a guaranteed seat.
If you’re hoping to get there by car, good luck: Parisian traffic is dangerous on a good day, and your nearest car park is a lengthy walk away. Instead, it’s probably best to use the Metro. It shouldn’t take you long to arrive at the right station, if you’re travelling from the centre of Paris.
Take bottles of water and food with you. There is food in the complex, but it’s average at best, and when you consider what delights are waiting for you in Paris city, it would be foolish not to bring food with you to eat in the stadium. It will also save you a considerable amount of money, as the refreshments are expensive.
If you have a show ticket, it grants you access to non-show areas. These are always worth checking out, as some fantastic tennis is always being played here (only so many stars can fit in the 3 main courts). You can often find big names warming up on these courts, so definitely take a peek.
Prepare For Weather
The French Open isn’t covered, so you are completely exposed to the elements. Remember to pack for all kinds of weather – you never know what will hit you at this time of year. Sunscreen and a hat is a must, but it’s also important to bring waterproofs for any downpours. Pack lots of layers, so you can remove and add, depending on what the weather is doing.
Have you ever been to a tennis Grand Slam before? How was it? Let us know in the comments below what your experience was like, or if you have any tips for enjoying yourself at The French Open.