The French Open is a tennis tournament, first held in 1891 and the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments to be held in the professional tennis calendar each year. Also known as Roland-Garros, it is the only one of the major championships to take place on clay courts and is considered the premier event on this surface.
Rafael Nadal of Spain has won a record 13 Men’s Singles titles, with Chris Evert of the United States winning a record 7 Women’s Singles titles. The 2020 French Open champions were:
2020 Men’s Singles – Rafael Nadal (ESP)
2020 Women’s Singles – Iga Świątek (POL)
2020 Men’s Doubles – Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Andreas Mies (GER)
2020 Women’s Doubles – Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
2020 Mixed Doubles – Not Held
When is the French Open?
The French Open is the second Grand Slam on the professional tennis calendar and takes place every year over two weeks in late May and early June.
Where is the French Open?
The French Open is also referred to as Roland-Garros, due to the tournament being held at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France since 1928. Prior to 1928, the French Championships as it was then known had been played at several other locations:
1891 – 1894 – Societé de Sport de Île de Puteaux (Puteaux)
1895 – 1908 – Tennis Club de Paris (Paris)
1909 – Société Athlétique de la Villa Primrose (Bordeaux)
1910 – 1924 & 1926 – Racing Club de France (Paris)
1925 & 1927 – Stade Français (Paris)
How do I get to the French Open?
The Stade Roland-Garros is located in Bois de Boulogne in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, in the west of the city.
Airport – Charles de Gaulle is the second largest airport in Europe and has flights to many international destinations. Located 30km north of the city, the airport has easy access to central Paris via the RER B train network (€10.30), with a travel time of about 35 minutes.
Orly Airport is the smaller airport but is still the second busiest in France. The airport largely serves domestic destinations and budget airlines. The free Orlyval metro service connects the airport with RER B train network at Antony station.
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Bus: The following buses stop at or near Roland Garros:
- Line 22: Opéra – Porte de Saint-Cloud (stop: Michel-Ange Auteuil).
- Line 32: Gare de l’Est – Porte d’Auteuil (last stop).
- Line 52: Opéra – Pont de Saint-Cloud (stop: Porte d’Auteuil or La Tourelle).
- Line 62: Cours de Vincennes – Porte de Saint-Cloud (last stop).
- Line 72: Hôtel de Ville – Pont de Saint-Cloud (stop: La Tourelle).
- Line 123: Porte d’Auteuil – Mairie d’Issy (stop: Roland-Garros).
- Line 241: Rueil-Malmaison RER – Porte d’Auteuil (stop: Suzanne-Lenglen).
- PC1: Petite Ceinture (stops: Porte d’Auteuil, Porte Molitor or Porte de Saint-Cloud)
Metri: Lines 9 and 10 are the best for access to Roland Garros. If taking Line 9, the closest station to get off at is Michel-Ange Auteuil or Michel-Ange Molitor. If using Line 10, Porte d’Auteuil or Boulogne Jean-Jaurès are the best stations.
Parking: If travelling by car, you can take a free shuttle bus from the car park to Roland Garros. Car parks include:
- P7 car park Pelouse de Saint-Cloud Bois de Boulogne, chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur, 75016 Paris
- Porte d’Auteuil car park (Carrefour), 1-3, avenue du Général-Sarrail, 75016 Paris.
- Point-du-Jour car park, place Abel-Gance, 92200 Boulogne-Billancourt.
- Porte de Saint-Cloud car park, 2, avenue de la Porte de Saint-Cloud, 75016 Paris (access via the garage).
- Parchamp car park, 7 ter, rue du Parchamp 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt.
How do I get tickets to the French Open?
Tickets for the general public usually go on sale in early March, you can purchase tickets through the official Roland-Garros website here.