America’s hottest coach

May 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, will spend this summer honoring the unheralded coaches around the country who help millions of recreational tennis players every day. Beginning today, the network is 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 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, marketing, 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.

Tennis Channel ( is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 video providers.