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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2019, the total prize money was €5.2 million dollars.
The ranking points for the tournament are the following for both the singles and doubles players:
|Men’s Singles & Doubles|
|Rd. of 16||90|
|Rd. of 32||45 singles | 0 doubles|
|Rd. of 64||10 singles | no doubles|
The best way to get tickets is through the Paris Masters official website.
They offer three different single-session ticket options.
They also offer four different multi-day packages. There is a 10 percent discount when you purchase package offers.
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.
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.
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.
For high-end options near the arena, consider:
Of course there are many inexpensive hotel options that might be a better fit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three different courts located within the arena:
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.
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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