French Open 2021: crowd gauge, health pass, ticketing service.. everything you need to know

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Published by Alexandre G., Caroline J. · Photos by Elodie D. · Updated on 12 May 2021 at 17h19 · Published on 12 May 2021 at 16h42
The French Open will officially take place from Sunday May 24 to June 13, 2021. As the Covid-19 pandemic has been withdrawing in France and lockdown exit is just around the corner, the best of tennis in the world is to meet for three weeks at Porte d'Auteuil for THE major event of the tennis season. Ticketing service opens from Wednesday May 12. The crowd gauge is limited to 5,000 people until June 8 and will move to 13,000 from June 9. Keep reading to find out more.

Save the date! Postpone by a week to welcome even more spectators, the 2021 edition of the French Open also called Roland-Garros, will take place from May 29, to June 13, 2021 at the Porte d’AuteuilThe Fédération Française de Tennis and the tournament board gave a press conference this Wednesday May 12 to present the program, health measures, and this year's novelties.

First of all, Roland Garros 2021 board addressed the different crowd gauges instated for the two-week event. As for the reopening calendar of places open to the public plans, the Porte d'Auteuil facility will be allowed to open up to 5,388 spectators per day until June 8 included. It is still better than the 1,000-spectator limit planned by the government, but it could be explained by the 6 open air places open to the public the 12-hectare wide place includes.

Then, starting from June 9, the easing of health restrictions will enable to receive 13,146 people on a daily basis. Roland Garros will be divided into six different areas with a specific gauge to each one of them: the Philippe-Chatrier (central), Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu courts, then the annex courts divided into three zones. Each ticket holder will be able to move from one area to the other only if the maximum gauge has not been reached yet.

Nighttime sessions and ticketing service

As for nighttime sessions, 2021 Roland Garros's novelty is they will take place behind closed doors, excluding an extraordinary session scheduled on June 9, enabling 5,000 lucky spectators to access the central court from 8 p.m. - and no longer from 9 p.m. No curfew derogation will be granted to the tournament.

Furthermore, the French Open 2021 ticketing service opens from Wednesday May 12, 2021 for the general public, and since Wednesday May 5 for members of a sports federation. Because of the health crisis, the French Tennis Federation has had to fit to the organization modalities decided in partnership with the government. Priority has been given to ticket holders for games cancelled during the 2020 edition.

As for novelties in the installations of the Porte d'Auteuil facility, Guy Foget announced a new "big path for spectators" set by the "Parvis de l'Aviateur". All along the paths, "new landscape spaces" have been set up, and the "Jardin des Mousquetaires" has been especially reorganized for this year's edition. Furthermore, a padel court will also be presented during the tournament.

Health pass compulsory from June 9

Another novelty already announced through the governmental reopening calendar: a health pass is compulsory to access the complex. All spectators will have to show a negative PCR or antigenic (not older than 48 hours) test, or a vaccination proof, or a recovery certificate.

In addition to Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles that are very expected every year, the French Open also offers you many other events that you really do not want to miss:

  • Qualifying rounds Often played in an atmosphere worthy of a big game, qualifying rounds offer the occasion to attend the spawning of future champions of the discipline or the winning back of former big names of the field.

  • Gentlemen’s Doubles

  • Ladies’ Doubles

  • Mixed Doubles

Every year, the tournament brings together the best female and male players from the planet tennis and assures a breathtaking show to everyone that made it to Porte d’Auteuil.

French Open 2021 detailed program:

  • Monday May 24 to Sunday 30: qualifying rounds 
  • Monday May 31 to Wednesday June 2: 1st round games 
  • Wednesday June 2 to Friday 4: 2nd round games 
  • Friday June 4 to Sunday 6: 3rd round games 
  • Monday June 7 to Tuesday 8: 4th round games 
  • Wednesday June 9 to Thursday 10: quarter-finals 
  • Friday June 11: semi-finals 
  • Saturday June 12: Ladies' Final 
  • Sunday June 13: Gentlemen's Final 

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 24 May 2021 to 13 June 2021



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