Tennis at Roland Garros Followed by a Luxury Stay at Hotel Balzac
29 January 2019
Roland Garros, the highlight of the spring tennis season, and the most prestigious event to be held on clay is almost here...
With tickets allocated on a first come first serve basis from March 2018, many fans are planning ahead and making early bookings to ensure they get the best possible experience from one of the highlights in the tennis calendar year.
Take a look at the great range of tickets available here.
What’s in Store for 2018?
The 2018 tournament is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in recent history, with the biggest names in tennis all vying to take the prestigious Roland Garros title. 10 time winner Rafael Nadal will be looking to continue his stronghold over the championship, which he won last year without dropping a game! The undisputed “King of Clay” has also since reclaimed his ranking as the World No. 1, but the likes of Djokovic, Wawrinka, Thiem and Murray may all have something to say about that.
So what of Roger Federer? The Swiss master has surprisingly only taken the Roland Garros crown once previously and last year opted to miss the entire clay season. But after rolling back the years in Melbourne, he may well surprise us all with an attempt to win a historic 21st Grand Slam title. Although he will face stiff competition from 2 time winner Djokovic, as the Serb looks to reclaim his spot at the top. But not if Andy Murray has anything to say about it! The Scot is still in search of his first title in France, and will be looking to return to winning ways after an injury-plagued 2017.
Over in the Women’s, Serena Williams will be looking to add to her record-breaking haul of 23 Grand Slams. But the most decorated tennis player in the Open Era will face fierce competition from last year's runner-up, Simona Halep; and Garbiñe Muguruza, who defeated Serena in the 2016 final.
The Roland Garros Experience
Nothing rivals the experience of watching the action live from Roland Garros; but on top of the tennis, a day out at the French Open is made complete by the plethora of restaurants, bars and boutiques that adorn the stadium.
Start your day with a gourmet meal from one of the venues many fine-dining establishments. La Divine, located under the legendary Suzanne-Lenglen Court, divulges a gastronomic array of seasonal cuisine that can be enjoyed in the restaurants relaxing environment. Les Jardins Gourmet is home to ‘The Buffet’, boasting a Parisian bistro ambiance, with options of a light lunch of salmon or fresh salad, or more wholesome culinary delights like their griddled beef. The Lounge Bar is also located here, and is the place to go for a cocktail; with Ace and Ace Royal their specialities. A number of plasma screens located at the Lounge Bar also means you won’t miss any of the action.
Roland Garros is also famed for its unique shopping experience, which “perfectly embodies the art of French living”. Partnerships with brands including Adidas, Babolat, Lacoste and Swatch has led to a number of exclusive creations that are only purchasable from the stadium. Those looking to push the boat out… or the car so to speak, can take home a Peugeot Roland Garros edition, designed in the style of sportiness and elegance that has become synonymous with the tournament.
Of course, the main attraction of Roland Garros is the tennis itself; and the stadium offers a number of ways to enjoy the action.
Nothing beats being at courtside, with the fluctuation of noise between complete silence during play to the eruption of applause and admiration whenever a point is won, making for a surreal viewing experience. Outside the courts, a sea of people watch on the various big screens as they soak up the sun on deckchairs, but VIP areas like The Salon or The Village offer the ultimate luxury environment to watch the tennis, with free-flowing champagne and lavish lunches in opulent surroundings… and it is here where you will likely catch a glimpse of the A-Listers who turn out for the event.
Stay at Hotel Balzac During Roland Garros
As ever Hotel Balzac is ready to open its doors to tennis enthusiasts looking to make the most of their Roland Garros experience. With a range of luxury in-room spa treatments, Pierre Gagnaire’s 3-Star flagship restaurant (advance booking strongly recommended) on the ground floor, and some of the finest cocktails in the city being served in our bar... there is a wealth of luxury awaiting.
Furthermore, our convenient location in the heart of Paris, with the Champs-Elysées a mere thirty seconds away, places you in the direct vicinity of iconic monuments like the Arc de Triomphe; and a visit to Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V just minutes down the road, allows you to discover some of the finest nightlife, shopping and cuisine in the world.
Take a look at our latest offers today… and make sure you’re all set for a glorious summer of Parisian tennis.
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