Fighting against food wastage
Since 2014, the FFT has organised an operation to fight against food wastage, in collaboration with Le Chaînon Manquant charity.
Any unconsumed foodstuffs will be redistributed to various Parisian associations to help vulnerable people. This operation could not exist without the involvement of the tournament caterers, Potel et Chabot and Paris Society, and restaurateur Sodexo.
Access for persons of reduced mobility and the handicapped
Welcoming people with a disability or reduced mobility is one of the main priorities of the tournament. Thanks to the work carried out in creating the new Roland-Garros, facilities have been made more accessible for persons of reduced mobility. By way of example, Court Philippe-Chatrier now offers disabled seating for more than 50 people.
Various facilities will be made available in the stadium throughout the fortnight:
- Special reception teams (around twenty specially-selected hosts and hostesses) will help the spectators to find their way around, whatever their handicap.
- A system whereby wheelchairs will be made available to people with difficulty walking for the length of their visit.
- Disabled seating areas on all courts. - Newly-fitted lifts.
- A shuttle system for people of reduced mobility provided free of charge by Peugeot.
"We're all in wheelchairs" day
Organised by the FFT in partnership with the Adecco France Group and Babolat and Lacoste, the "We're all in wheelchairs" day, which will be held on Wednesday 5 June on the N°8 court, gives all spectators the chance to try the sport alongside wheelchair tennis champions. The aim of the day is to promote the discipline and bring able-bodied and disabled spectators together.
- "A charity a day"
On every day of the French Open, this event honours a charity that defends a certain cause – whether it is medical, social or charitable – to offer it some visibility. "A charity a day" is another opportunity for the FFT to fulfil its mission as an organisation of public interest.
- Kids' Day
Roland Garros Kids’ Day has a special place at the French Open. It is a much-anticipated charity event, which is being held this year on Saturday 25 May.
There are a host of activities and surprises in store for spectators throughout the day and right across the complex. The world’s leading players will be playing their part by contesting one-set exhibition matches on the Philippe-Chatrier and Simonne-Mathieu courts, while fans will also have the chance to watch them as they go about their practice sessions on the other courts. For its part, Court Suzanne-Lenglen will host matches between some of the game’s legendary players (between 4.30pm and 5.30pm).
Court 7 will provide the setting for the semi-finals and final of the Stars Set and Match initiative, which has French cosmetics brand Sisley Paris as its official partner and sees celebrities pair up with former champions.
As part of the day’s events, Court 14 will host the finals of the Roland-Garros Junior Wild-Card Series, where there are wildcards to the main draw of the juniors competitions to be won, while Court 1 is the place to be for the finals of the “Jouer sur la Terre de Roland-Garros” (Play on Roland-Garros Clay) tournament. Sponsored by ENGIE and Babolat, it gives fans the chance to tread the Parisian Grand Slam clay courts.
Court 1 will also host the crowning moment of the day, when pop group Arcadian perform a set starting at 4pm.
There will be plenty going on in the walkways of the complex too, with Emirates event hostesses handing out goodies to young ones throughout the day and lots of other fun and games on the programme, including brass bands, jugglers, parades, face painting, mime, magic, and origami.
All the day’s proceeds will go to a number of charities (see below).
All you need to know
Saturday 25 May 2019 from 10am.
All tickets: €20 (free for children under 6). Tickets are available on the FFT’s
dedicated ticketing website:
Charities supported by the Roland-Garros Kids’ Day
- Fête le Mur
- Tennis en Liberté
- Les Trophées des actions solidaires de la FFT (FFT clubs that work in the fields of education, social work and integration and on behalf of groups who do not have easy access to tennis.)