So, Andy Murray has reached the final 8 and you have decided to prepare yourself for the tennis mania that is Wimbledon by getting early exposure to one of the show courts at the French Open in Paris.
Until 11 June the Roland-Garros Stadium plays host to the tournament, which has been described as “probably the most fun of all the majors to watch live” because the speed of play on the distinctive red clay courts is said to give a much greater chance of upsets. But to avoid any upsets to your travel plans, you can take a couple of simple precautions.
Check You Can Get Tickets Before You Travel To The Stadium
There are no ticket sales at the stadium itself either before or during the tournament. All bookings have to be made before the event from authorised websites. If you do not already have tickets you may be able to buy resale tickets via the Roland Garros official website. It would also appear that tickets need to be assigned to a particular individual before the day of the tournament you are attending and I understand that ID checks will be carried out to ensure that the assigned ticket holder is the person who presents themselves at the gates. I would therefore not advise buying tickets from a ticket seller outside the gates on the morning of the day you want to attend.
Ensure You Take Out Travel Insurance
As the end of the tournament is only 4 days away, you have left it too late to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as it generally takes around 7 days for an EHIC to be issued. You will therefore only have cover for medical treatment costs if you take out a policy of travel insurance that gives cover for such costs (most do as standard). In any event, travel insurance is a good idea to have as a policy may cover all sorts of other eventualities – such as cancellation cover if a close relative or travelling companion fall seriously ill prior to travel, cover for personal effects and money and cover for any personal liability you may have for anything unexpected that occurs while you are away. Taking out insurance will therefore help you to have a worry-free trip so that you can concentrate on the tennis.
Paris is likely to be busy this week and hotel rooms will be at a premium. If you intend to sleep in comfort while you are in Paris, it is probably best to try and book a hotel room before you travel rather than have the stress of trying to snap one up while you are out there.
Once you have your accommodation and tickets sorted and your travel insurance in place, sit back, relax and watch the action on the courts – and if you really want to prepare for Wimbledon, make sure you locate the nearest purveyor of strawberries and cream!