French Open Guide

The French Open is a tennis tournament held annually at Roland Garros in Paris, France and it is considered to be one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.

Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, it is one of the four grand slam tennis tournaments played each year with the French Open being the only grand slam played on clay.

The Men’s Singles Tournament in Paris has been dominated by the “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal in recent years with Rafa winning a record 14 singles titles.

French Open Guide

2023 French Open

Location:Paris, France
Tour Level:Grand Slam
Court Surface:Outdoor Clay
Draw Size:Singles: 128, Doubles: 64, Mixed: 32
Prize Money:€43.6 million (2022)

Dates

The tournament begins in late May each year and runs for two weeks with the 2023 tournament being held from the 28th of May 2022 to the 11th of June 2023.

See below for the full schedule of play for the 2023 tournament.

Schedule (Men’s & Women’s Singles)

Below is the expected schedule for the 2023 tournament, with the women’s final being played on Saturday, the 10th of June 2023, and the men’s final on Sunday, the 11th of June 2023.

DayRound
Sunday, 28th May 20231st round
Monday, 29th May 20231st round
Tuesday, 30th May 2023 1st round
Wednesday, 31st May 20232nd round
Thursday, 1st June 20232nd round
Friday, 2nd June 20233rd round
Saturday, 3rd June 20233rd round
Sunday, 4th June 2023Round of 16
Monday, 5th June 2023Round of 16
Tuesday, 6th June 2023Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 7th June 2023Quarterfinals
Thursday, 8th June 2023Women’s Semifinals
Friday, 9th June 2023Men’s semifinals
Saturday, 10th June 2023Women’s final
Sunday, 11th June 2023Men’s final

Draw

Both the WTA and ATP tournaments at the French Open consist of a 128 draw for the singles, a 64 draw for the men’s and women’s doubles, and a 32 draw for the mixed doubles.

The ATP and WTA singles draw for the 2023 tournament will take place on Thursday, the 25th of May, 2023 at 7 pm (Paris Time) and will be available to view on RolandGarros.com.

The ATP and WTA doubles draws will be made on Sunday 28 May at 12:00 p.m and will be available to view here.

2022 French Open Champions and runner-ups

Below are the current champions and runner-ups going into the 2023 tournament.

  • 2022 Men’s Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal – Beat Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.
  • 2022 Women’s Singles Champion: Iga Swiatek – Beat Coco Gauff in straight sets (6–1, 6-3)
  • 2022 Women’s Doubles Champions: Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic – Beat Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-2)
  • 2022 Men’s Doubles Champions: Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer – Beat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in 3 sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-3)
  • 2022 Mixed Doubles Champions: Ena Shibahara and Wesley Koolhof – Beat Joran Vliegen and Ulrikke Eikeri in straight sets (7-6, 6-2)

Prize Money and Points

The total prize fund for 2023 has yet to be confirmed but the prize money for the 2022 tournament in Paris was €43.6 million with the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Singles events being awarded €2.2 million and 2000 points.

2022 Men’s and Women’s Singles

PerformanceATP PointsWTA Points
Winner€2,200,00020002000
Runner Up€1,100,00012001300
Semi-Finalists€600,000720780
Quarter-Finalists€380,000360430
4th Round€220,000180240
Third Round€125,80090130
Second Round€86,0004570
First Round€62,0001010

2022 Men’s and Women’s Doubles

PerformanceATP PointsWTA Points
Winner€580,00020002000
Runner Up€290,00012001300
Semi-Finalists€146,000720780
Quater-Finalists€79,500360430
Third Round€42,000180240
Second Round€25,00090130
First Round€15,5001010

2022 Mixed Doubles

The prize money for the mixed doubles tournament in Paris has not been confirmed yet so the below prize money is based on 2021 amounts.

However, it is likely that the 2022 Mixed Doubles Prize Money was approximately 6% higher than the below amounts based on the increases seen in the singles and doubles events.

AchievementATP PointsWTA Points
Winner€122,00020002000
Runner Up€61,00012001300
Semi-Finalists€31,000720780
Quater-Finalists€17,500360430
First Round€10,0001010

Tickets

There are two ways you can use to obtain tickets legally and they are purchasing them from the official Roland Garros website or purchasing tickets from one of the official French Open agencies.

Official Roland Garros Website

Purchasing your tickets directly from the official Roland Garros website is the easiest and most cost-effective way of getting your tickets for the 2023 tournament in Paris.

Tickets generally go on sale to the public about two months before the start of the tournament.

I would recommend that you have a Roland Garros Website Account set up beforehand so there are no delays when it comes time to purchase your tickets.

When you gain access to the ticketing system you will have the option of buying a ticket for one of the main show courts (Phillippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, and Simonne-Mathieu) or a ground pass that gives you access to all the outside courts.

The cheaper option is the ground pass but you are unlikely to be able to watch some of the bigger names in tennis on the outside courts.

However, you can get lucky as some matches on the show courts that are delayed for some reason e.g. rain, can end up being played on one of the outside courts on the following day.

This happened to me when I visited the French Open in 2019 when a match between Dimitrov and Wawrinka was moved to one of the outside courts and I was able to watch a set between two of the bigger names in tennis.

Approved French Open Agencies

If you have a slightly bigger budget to spend on your visit to the French Open, you can choose one of the many hospitality packages offered by approved French Open Agencies.

Information on hospitality packages is usually available on the official Roland Garros website around three months before the start of the tournament.

Where to stay?

Paris has many excellent options when it comes to local transport so it is easy enough to get to Roland Garros (or “RG”) from most parts of the city with the closest Métro stations being Porte d’Auteuil (north of RG) and Michel-Ange–Molitor (Southeast of RG).

However, if you want to stay close to RG, we would recommend the below hotel options.

Molitor Paris – The Molitor Paris Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel that is a short 1-minute walk away from RG.

Hotel Poussin – If you are looking for a more budget option for a hotel near RG then Hotel Poussin is a good option.

Tips for First Time Visitors to Roland Garros

Don’t feel like you need to stay close to Roland Garros – Unlike Wimbledon, you don’t have to queue to get tickets so there is no real advantage to staying in a hotel close to Roland Garros as Paris has good transport links and it is easy to get to a metro within about a 10-minute walk of the Roland Garros complex.

Food and Drink at Roland Garros – When I visited Roland Garros in 2019, I was surprised at how expensive the food and drink were in comparison to bars and restaurants elsewhere around Paris so I would recommend that you have a big breakfast so you don’t have to spend as much once you are inside the Roland Garros complex.

Aim to attend the Championships in the first week – If you opt to buy a ground pass into Roland Garros, then I would recommend going in the first week of the tournament as you have a better chance of seeing some of the top tennis players playing in some of the outside courts with a ground pass in the first week.

If you have a ground pass in the second week, there will be less play on the smaller courts and you are more likely to see men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles being played on the outside courts as the majority of the singles play will be on Phillippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, and Simonne-Mathieu courts.

Where can you watch the French Open on TV or Online?

Europe and the UK

Discovery Plus (Eurosport) has the rights to televise the 2023 tournament across Europe and the UK.

If you are living in France you will have the option of watching the tournament on FranceTV and Amazon Prime FR.

Below are some other options you can use:

Austria: https://www.servustv.com/

Belgium: https://www.rtbf.be/

Switzerland: https://www.srgssr.ch/fr/notre-offre-1

USA

In 2023, NBC will broadcast full live coverage of the 2023 tournament in Paris which will be available to NBC cable subscribers who can stream tennis live via the NBC Sports app or Peacock. 

Other Countries

The easiest option to watch the tournament from other countries is to use a VPN so that you can watch the tournament on FranceTV.