With its gleaming white kits, distinguished tournaments attended by royals and generous prize pots, tennis has long been considered a glamorous sport.
But an Instagram page designed as an outlet for players to share their experiences on and off the courts has shone a light on the dark side of the game.
From battles with eating disorders to depression brought on by crippling injuries and financial woes, players on the cusp of making it to elite level have revealed their struggles.
The page, entitled Behind the Racquet, is the brainchild of New York-born player Noah Rubin, 23, who is ranked just outside the world's top 200.
The page, entitled Behind the Racquet, is the brainchild of New York-born player Noah Rubin, 23, who is ranked just outside the world's top 200
He told The Daily Telegraph his aim was to 'open people's minds and eyes to what's really going on in tennis'.
Noah, who won the Wimbledon Boys' event at 18, said depression is 'prevalent' in the sport, adding that there is 'lots of alcohol and substance abuse' because 'that's how people deal with tennis'.
He puts this down to the loneliness of the game and the constant feeling of failure, as well as the brutal 11 month seasons which inevitably takes a toll on players' bodies.
Noah explained: 'If you're not top 50 and so trying to get as many points as possible, you're forced to play too many tournaments, and that's a real problem, because you're just hurting yourself more.'
Noah, who won the Wimbledon Boys' event at 18, said depression is 'prevalent' in the sport
Despite his overwhelming love for the game, in a post on the page Noah explains how the sport has 'a way of making you feel irrelevant while at the same giving you this sense of entitlement'.
'With the likelihood of losing every week and the forever expanding field of players, chances are if you were once "talk of the town", that will quickly diminish over time,' he wrote.
'I feel in the case of many players, even in the slightest way, that hard work and past success should allow for present fortune. It is a never-ending battle.'
Despite many tournaments offering a generous monetary prize, Noah said players outside of the top 100 barely break even due to the cost of travel, accommodation and coaching staff - the latter being beyond the means of many budding competitors.
Noah, pictured during the Men's Singles first round match against Britain's Jay Clarke at Wimbledon this year, said players outside of the top 100 barely break even due to the cost of travel, accommodation and coaching staff
Top heavy money is a 'huge problem' according to Noah, who believes the cash should be divvied up to assist those who are knocked out during the qualifying rounds.
He added that the sport is 'dying out' due to the lengthy best-of-five set games, which can turn off younger fans who don't have the patience or attention span to endure four hours of tennis.
Behind the Racquet is clearly striking a cord with players. The page has 13.1K followers, and more than 60 sportsmen and women have shared their stories along with a photo, where they pose with a racquet in front of their face.
Noah, pictured following his defeat to Roger Federer in the second round match of the 2017 Australian Open
Despite his overwhelming love for tennis, in a post on the Instagram page Noah explains how the sport has 'a way of making you feel irrelevant while at the same giving you this sense of entitlement'
One of these is British player Katie Swan, 20, from Bristol, who is currently ranked 233 in the world.
In May she opened up about 'one of lowest periods' in her tennis career, when she suffered a full back spasm at her second tournament of the year.
She had hoped 2019 would be her year, after a member of her coaching team lost his wife to cancer and her boyfriend nearly succombed to malaria in 2018, but it wasn't meant to be.
Katie wrote: 'I thought I was being dramatic after everything that took place last year. It took some time to understand that there is no need to compare your obstacles with past ones.
In May British player Katie Swan opened up about 'one of lowest periods' in her tennis career, when she suffered a full back spasm at her second tournament of the year
Katie said she had hoped 2019 would be her year, after a member of her coaching team lost his wife to cancer and her boyfriend nearly succombed to malaria, but it wasn't meant to be
'No matter the hardship it should be given full respect no matter the size. It took a while to open up about the pressures I faced but with the help of my friends, family and team, I was able to see the positives.'
Madison Keys, 24, a former US Open finalist, also opened up on Behind the Racquet, admitting she battled an eating disorder as a teenager.
'There were people in my life and others who would see me on TV, that would tell me I was fat, or needed to lose a few pounds,' she wrote.
'Eventually, that truly got into my head. I was living off three 100 calorie bars a day. I struggled with this problem for almost two years, which led to some issues with depression.
Madison Keys, a former US Open finalist, also opened up on Behind the Racquet, admitting she battled an eating disorder as a teenager
Madison revealed she was living off three 100 calorie bars a day and struggled with this problem for almost two years
'I completely shut my friends and mom out of my life. I felt like I put this mask on to get through each day, hoping no one would ask how or what I was doing. I became super paranoid because I wanted to keep it all a secret and didn't want anyone to worry.'
When Madison realised her problem was 'hurting' her tennis, making it near impossible to get through a week of practice, she realised she needed to get control of her eating.
'It took some time to get myself to open up to people again,' she added. 'It's something I still struggle with when I get stressed or upset, but I have a much healthier relationship with food now.'
Jared Hiltzik, 25, of Orlando, Florida, is currently ranked 498 in the world and took to Beyond the Racquet to share the financial hardship he and his family have suffered as a result of his passion for tennis.
He told how his mother had cancer three times while he was growing up and he couldn't help but wonder whether his parents would be happier if he didn't play tennis, since 'financials wouldn't be an issue'.
Jared Hiltzik, of Orlando, Florida, is currently ranked 498 in the world and took to Beyond the Racquet to share the financial hardship he and his family have suffered as a result of his passion for tennis
Jared told how his mother had cancer three times while he was growing up and wondered whether his parents would be happier if he didn't play tennis, since 'financials wouldn't be an issue'
'It has been extremely tough for my brother and I. They sacrificed everything for us to play tennis,' he wrote.
'They sacrificed their relationship for us. I remember going back home freshman year of college and there was constant fighting about finances. After some time I just left my house for six hours, sat in my car in a parking lot and just sobbed, not knowing why this was happening.'
Andrey Rublev, 21, a Russian professional tennis player, reached a career-high singles ranking of 31 in the world in February 2018.
Last year he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back which kept him out of competitions for three months.
Writing on Behind the Racquet, he admitted: 'It was an incredibly tough time for me which led to some depression.
'I missed the sport so much and all I wanted to do was compete,' he wrote.
Andrey Rublev, a Russian professional tennis player, revealed he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back which kept him out of competitions for three months, sparking a bout of depression
Writing on Behind the Racquet, Andrey admitted it was was an incredibly tough time for him which led to some depression
'I clearly remember nothing else at the time was making me happy. It truly was one of the toughest moments of my career. I was born to compete and now I couldn't and that's where moments of depression came from.'
Sachia Vickery, 24, from the US, admitted she's struggled with loneliness as a result of her tennis career, as well as financial hardship.
Writing on Behind the Racquet, she said: 'I had a very difficult route getting to where I am today. My mom migrated here from Guyana, in 1987, searching for a better life.
'While growing up my mother worked three jobs at one point, just to be able to send me to tournaments. Despite all that, she somehow always found a way to keep me in tennis.
'I struggled with travelling alone but it was the only choice I had. I literally had to win matches so I could afford to get to the next tournament.'
Sachia Vickery, from the US, admitted she's struggled with loneliness as a result of her tennis career, as well as financial hardship
Writing on Behind the Racquet, Sachia explained the 'very difficult route' she had getting to where she is today
She added that she was at her 'end point' before winning the 18's hard court nationals, in both singles and doubles, in 2013.
'From that I earned the main draw US Open wildcards for singles and doubles,' she explained.
'Before the final I didn't even have money to buy breakfast for myself. I tried calling my mom, who was home at the time, to find a solution but my phone was cut off because we couldn't pay the bill.
'I was hesitant to tell anyone in fear of being the stereotypical "poor black girl" or "charity case". I was so nervous that I threw up in the bathroom before I went on, because if I lost, it would most likely be the end of my career.
'After winning I was congratulated by the USTA coaches, tournament staff, fans, etc. I thought to myself if only they knew just two hours ago I was throwing up and crying, wondering why no one was around to help me. I was the fifth best junior in the world at the time and I couldn't even afford to eat breakfast before the final.'