Twenty-five years on from his emotional victory over Mats Wilander, only the second home win since World War II, French men's tennis is feeling equally exposed.
France has three players - Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Paul-Henri Mathieu - in the world's top 20, while the national team has won three of its nine Davis Cups since Noah's Roland Garros triumph in 1983.
However, put them on the red clay of Roland Garros and their form becomes as frustratingly unreliable as the metro service during a Paris transport strike.
Gasquet, the world number nine, hasn't reached a quarter-final all season.
Such has been his despair that the 21-year-old, who boasts one of the best backhands in the game, has changed coaches, dropping Eric Deblicker in favour of Guillaume Peyre, the man who took Marcos Baghdatis to the Australian Open final in 2006.
"I've spent a lot of years on the circuit and I wanted to try a new direction," said Gasquet.
"I need to train and to play but there are no miracle solutions to winning. There are highs and lows in tennis. It's always been like this. I think the highs will return."
Gasquet has proved that he can reach the highs in Grand Slams; he's been a Wimbledon semi-finalist and played in the fourth round at the US and Australian Opens.
But in Paris he has never got beyond the third round.
Tsonga, the world number 15, was this year's shock runner-up at the Australian Open.
His only appearance at Roland Garros ended in a first round loss in 2005.
This time, the 22-year-old, whose physical similarities to the young Muhammad Ali have often been commented upon, prepared by stepping into a boxing ring to spar with WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev.
"There are a lot of similarities between tennis and boxing. In tennis we are alone on the court and the psychological approach before a match can be similar," said Tsonga who donned the gloves in a gym in Hamburg.
"It's important to show your opponent that you are focused and that you are not scared of him."
Meanwhile, world number 19 Mathieu's best Roland Garros performance was a fourth round placing but that was back in 2002.
French veteran Sebastien Grosjean, who will be 30 next week, remains his country's leadidng current Grand Slam performer having reached the semi-finals here in 2001 beating Andre Agassi in the last eight before falling to Alex Corretja.
Grosjean has also been a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
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