I'm french and when internet was not in te party yet, i could only watch Roland Garros.
I was already bored to death by Wilander, Berasategui, Bruguera, later by Costa, Corretja... Coria is the only
clay courter i liked to watch.
Clay is an important surface, i'm not saying that clay should disappear, but it's annoying for me.
If the question is "what surface would you take off", it would be the Plexi. AO has become nearly as boring as the French.
I'm a little bit in the same case as you, but Noah and Leconte's matches on clay in the past have been heavily printed in my mind
, maybe you were a little bit too young to fully live Noah's runs at his peak.
I also loved Becker on clay, and 1989's Chang run is also heavily printed in my mind. The Spaniards were less interesting to me, true, sorry for them