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The top 12-year-old tennis players from around the Southeast will camp out in Macon this weekend for a United States Tennis Association tournament.

This is a new tournament that Central Georgia has never hosted before.

Tournament director Donna Bailey says they almost lost the event which will bring in 210 kids and their families.

Because of the cold and rainy weather the Tattnall Square courts aren't anywhere near ready for tournament play.

Bailey says it took some last minute wrangling and teamwork with the United States Tennis Association to make sure things will run smoothly.

" I was so fortunate to have Stratford Academy step forward and Mercer University and Wesleyan College so I surely appreciate it because I was in jeopardy of losing the tournament because when I bid on it I had Tattnall but they understood because they know Tattnall is in repair," Bailey explained.

This is a brand new tournament for Macon and Bailey says it should have significant economic impact.

But if you're a tennis player you may be frustrated this weekend because you can expect courts at John Drew Smith and the other sites that Donna mentioned tied up over the weekend.

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