The organizers of Roland-Garros confirmed on Wednesday that the public will be able to go to the courts this year. Reception methods were presented, with several defined areas and specific gauges. The health protocol will also impose a health pass for spectators wishing to go to the courts from June 9.
There will be audiences for the 2021 Roland-Garros edition. The organizers confirmed the information on Wednesday, with nevertheless a required health pass (from June 9) and gauges to be respected. Until June 8, up to 5,388 spectators will be able to attend the matches each day, then 13,146 spectators from June 9, for the second week of the tournament.
For the qualifications and the first week of Roland-Garros, several areas have been defined for spectators. These zones will be capped at 35% with a maximum of 1,000 people per day inside these 6 zones until June 8, except for the area of courts 2 to 5 with a maximum of 388 people authorized.
The curfew will remain in effect for spectators. As a reminder, until June 8, a certificate is required from citizens after 9 p.m. and attending a Roland-Garros match will not allow spectators to benefit from it. Regular reminders will be made during the day on communication media. The court exit will be from 8:30 p.m., and the referee will request the evacuation of the public at this time and at the first change of side. As of June 9, the curfew will increase to 11 p.m.
Health pass required
As of June 9, the Philippe-Chatrier court and the Suzanne-Lenglen will be able to accommodate up to 5,000 people compared to 3,437 for the Simonne Mathieu court. Note that the matches will start every day at 12 noon, with a night session from 9 p.m., except June 9 from 8 p.m. when up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed.
General Director of the French Tennis Federation, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also confirmed that the health pass will be required from June 9. The spectators will thus have to present “either the result of a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours, or a certificate of vaccination, or a certificate of remission, that is to say the production of a test result positive for more than two weeks and less than six months, “detailed Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
As for the players, they will also find a little freedom, a few months after a 2020 edition under the bell. “When they come out they will expose themselves. We make them responsible. Our goal is not to put a collar on them and tie them to their hotel or to the stadium. But to minimize the risks, explained Guy Forget, tournament director. Jogging for 45 minutes at the end of the day there is no risk today I think. “
In total, the ticket office projects 118,611 tickets sold for the fortnight of internationals in France, against 15,000 tickets sold last year, during an edition postponed in October. By way of comparison, 500,000 tickets were gone in 2019, the latest edition which took place under normal sanitary conditions.