And across the first two days of action, they’ve all made themselves a force to be reckoned with in Paris.
Even if you’re watching a player for the first time, the loyal locals will make sure you’ve learned their name by the end of the match, as the French brand of support – singing, chanting, stomping and clapping – elevates even the most routine first-round encounters into early epics.
Nowhere is this more evident than in No.97-ranked Diane Parry’s upset over defending champion and world No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova.
The 19-year-old, who lives a stone’s throw from Stade Roland-Garros in Boulogne-Billancourt, came from a set down and rallied the Chatrier crowd en route to a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
“When my mother would bring me to school, I could see every day the Roland-Garros stadium,” she said afterwards. “It was a dream for me to play there once.
“Today, it's a dream come true in front of a beautiful crowd.”