Obtaining tickets on the 15,166 seat Philippe Chatrier Center Court at the French Open directly through the box office for those who are not a member of the French Federation of Tennis can be very challenging, if not impossible. With over one million members, many living in Paris, the FFT gives their members the first crack at French Open tickets with internal sales starting in October. By the time ticket sales are opened to the general international public the second week of March, almost ALL the tickets on Center Court, and certainly any of the prestigious rounds are gone on the very first day,
Roland Garros’ official secondary market site powered by Viagogo is great for a few cheap tickets here or there on the side courts, but for tickets onto center court it’s rare you’ll see anything pop up as being available. The problem is Viagogo forces those looking sell their tickets to dump them at face value which results in essentially no tickets being available for buyers on Center Court, let alone for any of the prestigious second week sessions.
For those traveling from far away, the official path towards obtaining tickets certainly does not make planning a trip to the French Open easy. Clearly the easiest way to circumvent all these obstacles is to obtain your tickets in the secondary market. There’s literally hundreds of ticket sites and travel agencies around the world that will propose French Open tickets and packages. But If you’re going to do that, just make certain that you deal with a reputable company that has actual deep experience working with the event, such as Championship Tennis Tours. They are the ONLY company that offers a full 100% money back refund on your purchase in the event any of your tickets are refused at the gate. Championship Tennis Tours has been sending hundreds of clients to the French Open every year since 1987. Their prices for certain sessions can be considerably more than face value, but they have tickets available in every seating level, for every session, right up to the Men’s finals. Keep in mind, even though their prices are higher than face value, they still tend to be considerably less than the official VIP ticket packages offered directly from the Roland Garros or through any of their official agencies. They are certainly worth checking out, (http://www.tennistours.com/french-open). Through Championship Tennis Tours you might not get a glass of champagne, peanuts, or a program in an overpriced hospitality location with your ticket, but you will indeed get an authentic ticket that is guaranteed.