| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Tennis Channel will spend this summer honoring the unheralded coaches around the country who help millions of recreational tennis players every day. The network has begun accepting submissions for its "America's Hottest Tennis Coach Contest," with one male and one female winner to be named in August following an online fan poll.

Players can visit www.tennischannel.com/hottest/index.aspx to nominate their favorite coaches (or coaches can nominate themselves) between now and June 22. Though the phrase "hot" is often associated predominantly with looks, Tennis Channel's definition includes coaches who are physically fit and promote healthy lifestyles, while also being motivational and inspirational to the players they instruct. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and USTA or USPTA credentialed, and exhibit a passion for the game of tennis.

"Seventy-five percent of Tennis Channel viewers play this sport recreationally, which is unique for a sports network," said Robyn Miller, senior vice president of marketing for Tennis Channel. "We want to recognize the great coaches out there who, while they might not be known for tutoring professionals on TV, are making just as much impact in the lives they touch with their knowledge and love of the game."

Once the entry period is closed, a panel of judges will choose five male and five female finalists, who will be unveiled in early July. Visitors to Tennis Channel's Web site will then select the two winners through an online poll that will run from July 9 to 25. The two America's Hottest Tennis Coach winners will be announced in August and receive prize packages that include trips to New York and their own instructional videos, produced by Tennis Channel to air on the network in 2013.