Roland Garros 2018 is taking place from May 27th to June 10th in Paris. This tennis tournament is the top sport event in the City of Lights and one of the most prestigious in the world. Held in the fancy Bois de Boulogne on the edge of the city and named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship in the world. As Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 on June 11th 2017 Roland Garros men's final, his quest for a 10th title became reality. No other men’s tennis player had won more than seven titles of the same Grand Slam event. Sports in Paris.
The Roland Garros tournament in Paris is the premier clay court tennis tournament. This prestigious event is also the second of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The slow playing surface makes it very demanding.
Roland Garros 2018 is taking place during a whole fortnight from May 27th to June 10th 2018. The ladies' final will take place on Saturday June 9th and the mens' final on Sunday Jun 10th. Book your Paris hotel or apartment early if you can.
The tournament is the most exciting sport event in the city. Raphael Nadal has won the Roland Garros tournament an amazing ten times. List of winners in the last twelve years:
2005: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2006: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2007: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2008: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2009: Roger Federer (Swiss). 2010: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2011: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2012: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2013: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2014: Rafael Nadal (Spain). 2015: Stan Wawrinka (Swiss).
2016: Novak Djokovic (Serbia). 2017: Rafael Nadal (Spain).
There are three main courts, Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, Court No.1, for the most important matches and outside courts. Ticket options give you access to single matches up to unlimited access to matches. Packages, prices and tickets are available through the web site. Find a good hotel near Roland Garros Stadium or prefer to stay in Paris central districts (20 to 30 minutes by metro).
The Roland Garros Tournament is held in the fancy Roland Garros Stadium on the edge of the very large Bois de Boulogne in Paris and of the affluent city of Boulogne.
Roland Garros does not have its own metro stop.
The closest metro stop, Porte d'Auteuil, is a 10' walk from the stadium. The Michel-Ange Auteuil and Michel-Ange Molitor stops on line 9 are also feasible for good walkers.
Roland Garros metro stop: Porte d'Auteuil metro stop on metro line 10. 10 minute walk from metro to Stadium.
Free shuttles are available during the tournament. Download and print the detailed transport map with all the various metro, bus, shuttle options.
The organizer of the Roland Garros tournament, the French Federation of Tennis (FFT), is at the origin of the extension project kicked-off in 2011. Roland Garros stadium had become much too small and it was not functional enough. The Philippe-Chartier central court had no roof, a big problem when it rains. The Place des Mousquetaires, the central meeting point, was much too small and the offices were outdated. The Roland Garros extension project will deliver a spectacular stadium in 2020 on par with its main competitors in the rest of the world, including Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows. The new Roland Garros stadium will be one of the major equipments of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris.
Throughout the world, Roland Garros is synonymous with tennis. Few people know the stadium was named after a legendary aviator who pioneered fighter combat during World War I. Roland Garros’ passion was flying.
When war broke out in 1914, Roland Garros was famous in the world of aviation. He was exempt from the draft but decided to enroll anyway. He took part in reconnaissance missions and bombings, but was frustrated by technological limitations. Garros helped design a synchronization system that enabled pilots to shoot through a plane’s propellers without hitting the blades. On October 5, 1918, on the eve of his 30th birthday, Garros took part in one last, fateful mission over the Ardennes, along with five other French aircrafts. Four of them had left to chase a German aircraft when a squadron of six Fokker planes suddenly appeared. Garros dived in for the fight and never came back.
In 1928, France hosted the final of the Davis Cup and won it against the USA in a new stadium. The constructor insisted it be named after Garros, his comrade during the war.