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The 2016 Roland Garros Championships is roughly a month away.
This means that now’s just about the best time to book a flight to Paris with Grand Slam Tennis Tours and attend the second Grand Slam of this season.
We had discussed Wimbledon 2016 last time, and seemingly had moved on from the French Open, but with all the action in Paris shortly arriving, we decided to back-peddle slightly and share our wonderful itinerary with our guests.
Once you arrive in Paris, you will find your room at the Bel Ami Hotel in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood before a dinner at the chic La Petite Chaise. Over the next three days, you’ll watch tennis before a journey through the city on your final day, where you’ll see landmarks that are the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Château de Versailles and Claude Monet’s house.
While many eyes may be on Novak Djokovic and whether the Serb can complete the career Grand Slam, there will also be many new features for both, the players and fans to enjoy this year. Here’s a look at the upgrades to Roland Garros for 2016.
Rafael Nadal recently rekindled his season by winning in Monte-Carlo and that should bode well for the remainder of his clay season.
With the win at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, his ninth ever at the event, Nadal’s confidence leading into Paris should be as high as ever and a 10th title could be on the cards.
But yes, we are talking about a former nine-time champion at the event and his chances will always remain high as a contender.
This bodes well for Roland Garros, where again Nadal has been an absolute machine for the last decade. Losing only twice on the famed Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal will be adament on winning his 15th Major.
Here, let’s remind our guest that GSTT gives you your choice of five-night packages depending on whether you want to be in Paris for the opening rounds of the finals of the event. As with all of our packages, you’ll receive the undivided attention of our hosts throughout the fortnight.
Meanwhile, you get to watch the best clay court player ever try to add to his legend. That would certainly be the highlight of the year!
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