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Businesses Hope Tennis Serves Up Big Bucks

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Even though many college students have packed up and left, Bryan-College will still have its fair share of students around this coming week. The NCAA men's tennis championship will be held at Texas A&M.

" It's going to bring in people that stay in the hotels, they're going to fill the restaurants, they're going to do some shopping and I'm just thrilled that we have an opportunity to host such a significant tournament," said Royce Hickman with the Bryan/ College Station Chamber of Commerce.

Hickman has been working with local businesses and organizations to make those coming from all over to the NCAA men's tennis championship feel welcome. The event includes 60 teams, hundreds of athletes, and is expected to draw crowds of thousands.

" I think you have to compare this event with maybe a small Mardi Gras," said Barron Hobbs, general manager of the Hilton and member of the Brazos Valley Lodging Association.

He says many hotels and motels in town are full and the event will continue a trend of good business and attract attention to the area.

" The business this year has been quite good so far. The last two months especially with April and a number of conventions and conferences in and then following up with graduation and now this. We'll go into the summer in a very healthy mode," said Hobbs.

The championship tournament will be held form May 20 until May 30.