Jae Marie’s Journeys: A Tennis Dream at Roland Garros

I didn’t just book a trip to the city of lights just to go walk on cobble stone and eat bread. I’ve already been, but there was one reason I wanted to return, and that was Roland Garros.

For those of you who don’t know, Roland Garros is one of the four major global tennis tournaments. The best of the best compete on the city’s famous clay courts in a two week competition, annually. As someone who grew up playing tennis, it was a chance to see some of my famous players on the red surface.

For the millions of tennis fans who hope to one day see the action at Roland Garros, here are a few tips to making sure your trip goes smooth.

1. Checking in is a process. You must have your name on your ticket and it must match your photo ID. You will go through many stages of security, and just when you think you’re through, you’re not. Stay patient.

2. Food is allowed. The man in the row in front of me brought a loaf of freshly baked pound cake with him, still in its original tin can.

3. It’s probably going to rain. If it doesn’t, it’ll probably be super hot. Bring an umbrella either way. And sunscreen or a hat.

4. Have fun. Walk around the grounds and buy a souvenir. Take a picture. It might not seem like it at the time, but it’s an experience to take in.

Until next time… Jae Marie

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