The biggest names in tennis will be in Paris this May to compete in the 2016 French Open, and we can’t wait to be there. Here’s why you should come with us:
Superstar Players. The best players in the world will come to test their skills on the famously challenging clay courts at Roland Garros Stadium. If you’ve never seen a tournament played on anything other than grass, then you’ll get a real kick of seeing how different it is for the players, and how it changes play. It is a real test of skill, and some of the world’s greatest players were never able to take this title regardless of their standing (Pete Sampras, for example, only ever made it to the semis, and this is in part due to the fact his powerful serves bounced too high on the clay).
If you’ve been watching the Australian Open, you’ll know that championship has been full of drama and surprises so far. That will of course continue once the winners, and losers, get to Paris in May. At time of writing, last year’s men’s singles winner Stan Wawrinka had just cruised into the Australian Open’s third round, so should still be a top pick to take the French title again. Ditto for women’s title holder Serena Williams.
A Rich History. Officially titled Internationaux de France de Roland-Garros, and often referred to as the Roland Garros in English, this tournament has been running for 125 years. Wimbledon is older however, having been running for 138 years. It has been quipped that Wimbledon has tradition, while the French Open has passion, but in truth this tournament has plenty of both. There are many traditions that go along with the French Open that are so interesting to observe, and such fun to join in with.
Lunch is a much-loved part of the Roland Garros experience, with the menus at the various VIP lounges and restaurants at the French Open being superb and, shockingly, this leads to empty front row seats during matches that are played at lunchtime. (This was written about in the Wall Street Journal last year.)
Paris! The City of Lights is just incredible. When you aren’t watching all that world-class tennis you can take in the wonderful architecture, fantastic cuisine, rich culture and history. We’ve secured rooms and suites at some of the best hotels in the city, from the Four Seasons Hotel George V to the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and can arrange tours both in the city and anywhere else in France that you’ve always dreamed of visiting.
New York based journalist Nick McCarvel writes that the French Open oozes elegance and intimacy, and we couldn’t agree more. For tennis fans, this has to be one of the most incredible sports travel experiences out there, and should be top of any true fan’s bucket list. Contact us to find out how we can get you to the French Open, and show you the best time while you are there.