Axel May, with Martin Lange / Photo credit: HERVE CHATEL / HANS LUCAS / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP 06:17, May 22, 2023, modified at 06:17, May 22, 2023This Monday begins the qualifying campaign for Roland-Garros which will last until Friday. These matches, allowing low-ranked players to get their ticket for the main round, will delight spectators who will be able to discover the atmosphere of the Parisian tournament without breaking the bank.
First exchanges of balls at the Porte d'Auteuil. The main tournament of Roland-Garros officially begins next weekend but the first meetings will take place this Monday on the Parisian clay. Until Friday, spectators will be able to watch the qualifying matches, allowing low-ranked players to win their ticket to the prestigious French Grand Slam.
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And if the meetings should be of a very variable level, they have the advantage of not plundering the wallets of visitors. Count 20 euros for a full day, in full price. Young retired from the courts, the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, former fifth player in the world, is willingly the ambassador. "I invite all those who do not know tennis well to come and see the qualifying. As non-specialists, they will not see the difference between a match between the 250th player in the world and the 150th and a match between the 60th and 20th. They will see the difference in the price of the ticket but the difference in level, they will not see it, "he assures in a laughing voice.
"Fewer people in the aisles"
Former Wimbledon winner and now a consultant for Amazon Prime Video, like "Jo", Marion Bartoli evokes other advantages. "It's extremely nice. There are games everywhere. You can walk on all the courts. And there are a little less people in the aisles."
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And among the participants, spectators may have the chance to see a future champion evolve. During the 2021 edition, Carlos Alcaraz, barely out of adolescence, had made a name for himself by brilliantly crossing the qualifications. Two years later, the Spaniard is in second place in the world, only five points behind Novak Djokovic.