Paris Masters Tournament Guide for Tennis Fans: 2020 Updates, Where to Get Tickets, & More

Traveling to see the Paris Masters should be on any serious tennis fan’s bucket list.

The Paris Masters takes place each year with people flocking from all over the globe to catch the action of the world’s best male tennis stars. Here’s a fan guide that covers everything you might want to know about the Paris Masters tennis tournament.

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Table of Contents

Paris Masters 2020: COVID-19 Update
About the Paris Masters
How to Get Tickets to the Paris Masters Tournament
Where to Stay in Paris for the Paris Masters
Getting Around Paris
How to Make Your Paris Masters Experience Great
How to Watch the Paris Masters Tournament on TV


Paris Masters 2020: COVID-19 Update

Many of the 2020 professional tennis tournaments have been canceled or changed due to COVID-19. Here is what you should know about the Paris Masters.

  • The dates for the Paris Masters are October 31st to November 8th.
  • They are planning to allow fans to attend. This is subject to change.
  • There have been no changes to the format.

About the Paris Masters

Paris Masters Tennis Tournament logo

The Paris Masters tournament is also known as the Rolex Paris Masters due to a sponsorship deal with the famous watch brand.

It’s part of the ATP Tour Masters 1000, so only the men take part in this sporting event. The tournament began in 1968, and it will be holding its 49th edition this year.

Where is the Tournament?

The Paris Masters takes place in Paris, France at the AccorHotels Arena which is an indoor facility in the local neighborhood of Bercy.

Before it was located at the AccorHotels Arena, the event took place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin until 1982.

When is the Paris Masters?

The Paris Masters is the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament that takes place during the regular season. It’s usually held during the last week of October and first week of November, a week before the Nitto ATP Finals.

For 2020, the dates are Saturday, October 31st through Sunday, November 8th.

Who are the Current Paris Masters Champions?

The current men’s singles champion for 2019 is Novak Djokovic from Serbia.

The men’s doubles champions are Nicolas Mahunt and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Both are from France.

What Court Surface is the Paris Masters Tournament Played on?

The indoor court surface is a hard court surface. When the new court was installed in 2007, it was known as one of the fastest courts on the pro tour, but it has since slowed to a more normal hard court speed.

Paris Masters Prize Money & Ranking Points

In 2019, the total prize money was €5.2 million dollars.

  • The men’s singles winner received €995,720 and the runner up received €503,730.
  • The men’s doubles winners received €284,860, while the runners up took home €139,020.

The ranking points for the tournament are the following for both the singles and doubles players:


Men’s Singles & Doubles
Champion1000
Finalist600
Semi-Finalists360
Quarterfinals180
Rd. of 1690
Rd. of 3245 singles | 0 doubles
Rd. of 6410 singles | no doubles

How to Get Tickets to the Paris Masters Tournament

The best way to get tickets is through the Paris Masters official website.

They offer three different single-session ticket options. 

  • One day session
  • One night session
  • One day + night session

They also offer four different multi-day packages. There is a 10 percent discount when you purchase package offers.

  • A Two Day Monday/Tuesday Package
  • A Two Day Wednesday/Thursday Package
  • A Four Day Package
  • A Seven Day Full Package

You can also purchase tickets on websites like Ticketmaster France or ViaGogo to purchase single-day tickets.

There are also VIP tickets available that will give you access to a VIP stand with more comfortable seating and a lounge area. This is a perfect way to treat yourself when attending the event as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity style trip.

How Do I See the Big Matches?

The biggest names, like Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, will usually play on the main stadium, Central Court, which has a capacity of 14,000 people.

There aren’t any bad seats in the stadium, so you’ll be able to see all the action from any seat there.


Where to Stay in Paris for the Paris Masters

There are many different hotel options to choose from in a major city like Paris. Due to the fact that the AccorHotels Arena is located in the Bercy neighborhood, you are going to want to be as close to the stadium as possible to avoid some of the traffic in this busy area.

High-End Hotel Options

For high-end options near the arena, consider:

  • The Hotel Novotel Paris Centre Bercy: located right next to the arena, you can walk there in about a minute.
  • The Le Meurice: located approximately five miles away, this is a historical hotel that opened in 1815, has five stars, and is part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels.

Budget-Friendly Hotel Options

Of course there are many inexpensive hotel options that might be a better fit. 

Airbnb

You can also choose to go with Airbnb. There are tons of great Airbnb options in Paris because many people rent out rooms in their homes, or own entire apartments specifically for Airbnb.

You’ll find many affordable options near the AccorHotel Arena. This can also save you some money on eating out if you have a kitchen included with your Airbnb.


Getting Around Paris

The easiest way to get from the hotels to the courts, if you aren’t walking, is to go with the subway or the bus system. Both have stops that are called “Bercy” after the neighborhood the venue is located in.

You can also take a taxi or use Uber, which is very popular in Paris for transportation.


How to Make Your Paris Masters Experience Great

There are 3 courts at the tournament, including the 14,000 person capacity Central Court. The grounds have many different options for food and drink, because you aren’t allowed to bring in anything from the outside with you.

You will want to arrive at the tournament early each day. That way you’ll get to explore all the shops, scenery, and general merriment this event provides for tennis fans.

What to Bring with You

You can bring a handbag, but no other bags are allowed. Since it’s indoors you can generally wear anything that you’ll be comfortable in.

Fall in Paris can be a little chilly, so make sure you have a jacket to wear when you’ll be going back and forth outside to see some of the grounds.

What to Expect Inside

There are three different courts located within the arena:

  • Central Court is the largest & where most big name players will play.
  • Court #1 is a smaller court that might have lesser known players and doubles action.
  • Court #2 is another smaller court.

Wear some comfortable shoes since this is a large facility and you may have to walk around a bit to enjoy everything the event has to offer. You’ll also want to check out the outside of the facility because the architecture is very unique with pyramid-shaped walls and a green lawn area.


How to Watch the Paris Masters Tournament on TV

The Paris Masters is available to live stream on the Tennis Channel. You can watch it on their cable channel if it comes with your package, or you can sign up for a Tennis Channel subscription for a monthly or annual fee.

ATP Tennis TV is another way to stream the matches online, but you will need to purchase a subscription to that as well.

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Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.