French Open Guide

The French Open is a tennis tournament held annually at Rolland 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 13 titles.

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French Open Guide

When does the 2022 French Open take place?

The tournament begins in late May each year and runs for two weeks with the 2022 tournament being held from the 22nd of May 2022 to the 5th of June 2022.

See below for the full schedule of play for the 2022 tournament at Roland Garros.

2022 French Open Schedule (Men’s & Women’s Singles)

DayRound
Sunday, 22nd May 20221st round
Monday, 23rd May 20221st round
Tuesday, 24th May 2022 1st round
Wednesday, 25th May 2022 2nd round
Thursday, 26th May 2022 2nd round
Friday, 1st May 2022 3rd round
Saturday, 2nd July 2022 3rd round
Sunday, 3rd July 2022 Round of 16
Monday, 4th July 2022 Round of 16
Tuesday, 5th July 2022 Quarterfinals
Wednesday, 6th July 2022 Quarterfinals
Thursday, 7th July 2022 Women’s Semifinals
Friday, 8th July 2022 Men’s semifinals
Saturday, 9th July 2022 Women’s final
Sunday, 10th July 2022 Men’s final

2022 French Open Draw

The singles draw for the 2022 tournament took place on Thursday, the 19th of May, 2022 at 7 pm (Paris Time) and is available to view on RollandGarros.com.

The doubles draws were made on Sunday 22 May at 12:00 p.m and are available to view here.

Who are the Defending French Open Champions and runner-ups?

  • 2021 Men’s Singles Champion: Novak Djokovic – Beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in 5 sets 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
  • 2021 Women’s Singles Champion: Barbora Krejčíková – Beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets (6–1, 2–6, 6–4)
  • 2021 Women’s Doubles Champions: Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková – Beat Marcel Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Świątek in straight sets (6–4, 6-2)
  • 2021 Men’s Doubles Champions: Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert – Beat Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev in 3 sets (4–6, 7–6, 6–4)
  • 2021 Mixed Doubles Champions: Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury – Beat Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev in a third set championship tie-break (2–6, 6–4, 10–5)

French Open Prize Money and Points

The total prize money for the 2022 tournament in Paris will be €43.6 million with the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Singles events being awarded €2.2 million and 2000 points.

2022 French Open Prize Money

2022 Men’s and Women’s Singles Prize Money and Points (Per Round)

Achievement2022 Prize MoneyATP 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 Prize Money (Per Team) and Points

Achievement2022 Prize MoneyATP 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 Prize Money (Per Team) and Points

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 will be approximately 6% higher than the below amounts based on the increases seen in the singles and doubles events.

Achievement2022 Prize MoneyATP PointsWTA Points
Winner€122,00020002000
Runner Up€61,00012001300
Semi-Finalists€31,000720780
Quater-Finalists€17,500360430
First Round€10,0001010

How do you Get Tickets to the French Open in 2022?

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

1. Official Rolland Garros Website

Purchasing your tickets directly from the official Rolland Garros website is the easiest and most cost-effective way of getting your tickets for the 2022 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 Rolland 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 Rolland Garros 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.

2. Approved French Open Agencies

If you have a slightly bigger budget to spend on your visit to Roland Garros, 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 Rolland Garros website around three months before the start of the tournament.

Where to stay when attending the French Open

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

However, if you want to stay close to Rolland Garros, 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 Rolland Garros.

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

Tips for First Time Visitors to Rolland Garros

Don’t feel like you need to stay close to Rolland 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 Rolland Garros as Paris has good transport links and it is easy to get to a metro within about a 10-minute walk of the Rolland Garros complex.

Food and Drink at Rolland Garros – When I visited Rolland 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 Rolland Garros complex.

Aim to attend the Championships in the first week – If you opt to buy a ground pass into Rolland Garros, then I would recommend going in the first week of the tournament as you still 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, or Simonne-Mathieu.

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

How to watch French Open From Europe and the UK

Discovery Plus (Eurosport) has the right to televise the 2022 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

How to watch French Open From the US

In 2022, NBC will broadcast full live coverage of the 2022 tournament in Paris which will be available to NBC cable subscribers who can stream tennis live via the NBC Sports app or Peacock. 

How to watch French Open from 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.