Venue Guide

French Open Venue - Roland Garros

The Roland Garros Stadium, the French Open Venue, was built in 1928 and was named after the famed World War 1 French Flying Ace. When built the tournament officials had it very much in their minds to stage an international event on a regular basis and they wanted to attract the world’s best players. The Roll of Honour is testament to this

Roland Garros is a magnificent complex, which accommodates over 30,000 spectators. The stadium and courts are constantly renovated and improved to ensure maximum enjoyment to all visitors. The ‘piece de resistance’ is the Philippe Chatrier Centre Court, named in honour of the former President of the French Tennis Federation. It holds over 15,000 spectators. The second major court is the Court Suzanne Lenglen and Place des Mousquétaires which is named named after the great French tennis players of the 1920's. The French Open Tennis 2009 Championship history is indeed a rich one.

Nearly a half million spectators flock to Roland Garros each year. The surface’s of course have always been constructed of red clay, which makes them very slow and encourages long rallies from the baseline. Some of the best rallies ever seen have been on the Roland Garros courts. The complex also includes a museum dedicated to tennis, a theatre and a tennis library. Further visitor information is available on this site.