UNIONDALE, N.Y.—From Stefanos Tsitsipas' vlogging to Naomi Osaka's photography, there's a trend among younger players on tour of finding creative outlets to brighten up the duller parts of the pro-tennis grind and give insight into their lives.
Among the most intriguing of these endeavors is Noah Rubin's Behind The Racquet, a Humans of New York-style Instagram account that Rubin uses to share the stories of tennis players of all experiences.
"This is teaching me, along with teaching everybody else, that we're not just tennis players," the 22-year-old said. "There's many levels to us. We go deeper than that. We all have a story."
Each post features a portrait of a different player holding his or her racquet in front of their face, captioned with a quote about the challenges and insecurities they deal with.
Rubin kicked the project off in January by sharing a little bit about himself first, saying his "most daunting fear" is disappointing the family members and friends who have sacrificed for his success.