Do you love tennis? But can’t be bothered with the faff of tickets for Wimbledon, then why not try the Roland Garros French Open. By comparison getting tickets is so easy. Simply log on and purchase your tickets the day they go on sale. And even better they put on a whole day just for kids.
The Roland Garros Kids’ Day is a brilliant way to get children enthused about tennis. The whole complex is open and you’re free to roam around the courts and grounds. With unreserved seating, we dipped in and out of games. Each match was a single set, perfect for kids with shorter attention spans.
If you are an autograph hunter – this is the day to get your giant tennis ball signed by tennis super stars.
The Roland Garros Kids’ Day is an annual charity event held on the Saturday before the tournament officially starts; profits are donated to associations that work with disadvantaged children.
Being late starters, we arrived at 11am, gates opened at 10am, we joined what seemed to be an unending queue to gain access to the grounds. Admittedly the queue moved quickly, but if you are a queue hater, get there early.
Given recent events in Paris, it was understandable that there would be a rigorous series of checks, including identity checks to make sure your name was the name on the ticket.
Food and drink
For hungry ones, there are plenty of food and snack options – burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches a buffet with hot and cold options. If you were feeling really flush a sit down 60 euro meal, that could be pre-ordered using the Roland Garros app.
If you don’t want to spend 5 euros on an ice cream – bring your own snacks. Drinks can be bought onsite, you can bring up to 1.5 litres of water, and there are water fountains to top up water bottles.
Making the most of Roland Garros Kids’ Day
The Roland Garros Kids Day, is a great family outing, well organised and very child friendly. We’re definitely booking tickets for next year.
If you want tickets for the 2017 Roland Garros Kids’ Day, these tips will make your trip just that bit easier and smoother.
Buying your tickets
- Open an account in advance of the tickets going on sale. I spent over an hour trying to set up an account after I got to the top of the queue (a good few of hours glued to the screen)
- Get your tickets the day they go on sale, especially if your want to see matches during the first round. There were still plenty of tickets for sale in the afternoon and the waiting time was much less
On the day
- Queuing is inevitable, get there as early as you can
- Don’t forget photographic ID – they will check this against your ticket
- You can take snacks and drinks, and there are free water fountains to top up your water bottles.
- And for twenty euros for a kids’ day ticket – enjoy!
Sudhamshu Sebbar, courtesy of Flickr