Every year in May, the world’s best tennis players and enthusiasts descend on Paris for the French Open Tennis Live Stream. Who could pass up the lure of seeing Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams (no Roger or Maria this year) at one of the most storied sporting grounds in the world? Those who venture to the west of the city to Roland-Garros know that while they came to watch the world’s most romantic sport, the world’s most romanticized cities are also within reach. Here’s how tennis lovers should spend their time in Paris.
First of all, ticketing options at Roland-Garros are plenty. The tournament is two weeks long, so there’s ample opportunity to see dozens of the world’s top pros. Packages range from grounds passes, weekend passes, evening sessions, and single tickets. To get closer to the players, buy a grounds pass, and you’ll be able to access all but the three main stadiums. From the peripheral courts, it’s easy catch a glimpse of stellar tennis from the front row (just get there early to claim a spot). With a grounds pass, you can still watch on the big screens outside of the larger stadiums. And for offsite viewing, the Hôtel de Ville (Paris’s city hall) live streams matches on a jumbo screen—bring a picnic basket! At night, pubs and cafes throughout the city stream the action.
For accommodations, you’ll want to stay near Roland-Garros, west of central Paris. The tournament is not in the most central arrondissement (about four miles from Place de la Concorde), which is all the more reason to channel Serena Williams, who stays in her own pied-à-terre, and skip the hotels for a chic Parisian apartment all your own. There are several HomeAways available near the facility, some with rooftop views of the Eiffel Tower. When it’s time to go to the facility, you can walk or take Metro lines Nine or 10. If it’s a hotel you’re after, the super-luxe Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has been Federer and Sharapova’s go-to home during tournaments past.
If you’re looking to brush up on your tennis history, there’s a tennis museum located on the grounds of Roland-Garros. Inside, you’ll find displays of mostly French and European tennis history in the form of contemporary art, cartoons, photography, and sculpture.
Of course, you ought to pick up a racket and play yourself, and there are plenty of courts around the city. Pick a morning—it’ll be less busy—and pop open a can of balls at the courts inside the French gardens of the Jardin du Luxembourg or Tennis de l’Atlantique, a court located above a bustling train station. They’re both open to the public, but you should call ahead to reserve court time or schedule a lesson with a local pro. French Open Tennis Live
When it comes time to eat, journalists and spectators tend to agree that Roland-Garros is home to the best on-site food among all the grand slams. You can have a croque monsieur in a verdant terrace abutting Suzanne-Lenglen Court, or opt for a cheese and charcuterie plate at Center Court. And outside the facility, you can enjoy the high-minded cuisine at Apicius, the globally acclaimed restaurant Serena Williams frequents when she’s in town. For classic Parisian cuisine near the courts, La Grande Cascade, with its crispy veal or blue lobster served on an airy patio, is a worthy splurge. If you want something sweet after a day in the sun, French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga chooses Berthillon in Île Saint-Louis.
Aperitif hour is welcomed downtime before night matches at the French Open. Take advantage of this break and get a ticket for a river boat tour along the Seine, offered by Roland-Garros. Throughout the journey, matches will be televised on the boat’s top deck and plenty of classic drinks, perhaps a French 75, will be served.
The French Open has not changed its security measures following the recent attack in Manchester, England, but will keep the heightened level of security already in place.
“We are still in a phase of level-two enhanced security,” French Tennis Federation spokesman Stephan Post told French media, including AFP. “We are at the same level. There were no special instructions from our security partner, the police department [of Paris].”
There will be a slight increase in the amount of security officers, with 1,200 members positioned to be deployed during the tournament. The French Minister of the Interior said this week that some instructions had been given to organizers of sports and cultural events in order to reinforce security.
The French Open increased security significantly in 2016 following attacks in Paris.”We really do prioritize security in our actions,” said Post. “[W]e are trained, we have done simulations and rehearsals. With the experience of , our system is more efficient.”
The beginning of the tournament was marked by long lines and delays a year ago, leading to gates now being opened at 9:30 a.m. to allow for searches of people and bags. Three security points for entry have been set up, with enhanced equipment being used.
The event draws 450,000 spectators annually, along with a significant amount of players and personnel.
· Get Tennis Channel Plus for Roland Garros to watch 200 live matches from up to five courts, starting with the Qualifying Rounds.
· Watch the Best of Roland Garros 2016 on-demand at any time
· Get Tennis Channel Plus for all of Roland Garros, as well as 650+ live events all year long
· Tennis Channel Plus is available on any streaming device, on mobile, always on the GO (desktop, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire)
· Subscribe today at BuyTCPlus.com