The Innaugral Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am benefiting debra of America

debra and MW Foundation logos

TENNIS PRO-AM at West Side Tennis Club
August 28, 2013

Tennis pros at the Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am August 28, 2013
[2013 Inaugural Mats Wilander Foundation - Tennis pros left to right: Mats Wilander, Thomas Johansson, Jonas Björkman, Karel Nováček, Cameron Lickle, David Graham © TimBrownMedia]

Thank you to all our generous sponsors, attendees, donors and volunteers for participating in the successful launch of the Inaugural Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am presented by Mölnlycke Health Care on August 28.

The event raised over $50,000 to support debra of America’s mission. Over 70 guests joined us during the 2013 US Open week to take part in instructional clinics, pro challenges, and experience the sprawling grass courts at the 100-year-old, West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York, the former site of the US Open Tennis Championships for over six decades.

The event marked the official launch of the MW Foundation, which is the new charitable division of Wilander on Wheels. Mats Wilander and Cameron Lickle will continue raising money and EB Awareness throughout the year as they travel around the country teaching tennis.

The Pro-Am was open to tennis fans of all ages and experience levels. Click here to view photos from the event. For information on next year’s Pro-Am, please visit

Tennis Magazine - Mats Wilander 'Finding a Cure'
Click the image above to see the Inaugural MW Foundation Tennis Pro-Am benefiting debra of America featured in Tennis Magazine – The Heroes Issue (Nov/Dec. 2013).

Watch the video of the Inaugural MW Foundation Tennis Pro-Am benefiting debra of America. Filmed August 28, 2013 at West Side Tennis Club in Queens, New York.

Tickets benefited debra of America, the only national nonprofit dedicated to funding research for treatments and a cure, while providing supportive services and programs for those who suffer from the rare and painful genetic disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – The Worst Disease You've Never Heard Of.™

Former #1 tennis player in the world, Mats Wilander made tennis history by winning two Grand Slam Singles titles on each of the three different court surfaces: grass, har-tru, and clay. Wilander won his fourth Grand Slam Singles title at the age of 20, the youngest man in history to have achieved that feat. He is the recipient of 7 Grand Slam Championships (8 with his Doubles win) and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Mats Wilander (Host)
(Former #1 in the World Singles, International Tennis Hall of Fame member,
7 Grand Slam Singles)
Jonas Björkman
(Former #4 in the World Singles, #1 in the World Doubles)
David Graham
(Former #46 in the World Doubles)
Thomas Johansson
(Former #7 in the World Singles, 2002 Australian Open Singles Winner, 2008 Olympic Doubles Silver Medalist)
Karel Nováček
(Former #8 in the World Singles)

Tennis Pro-Am included:

  • Playing with Mats Wilander, Former #1 Tennis Player in the World & International Tennis Hall of Fame Member
  • Hitting with Former & Current Tennis Pros on 3 Court Surfaces
  • Instructional Clinics, Competition Drills & Round-Robins
  • Pro Meet-and-Greet
  • Viewing a Professional Exhibition Match
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Barbecue Lunch with Beer, Wine & Cocktails

Dress code for Tennis Pro-Am players is all-white, including hats, socks and shoes. 10% of color on clothing and 50% of color on shoes is acceptable. Please no large logos on tops.

Leslie Allen | James Blake | Thomas Blake | Jim Courier | Honorable David Dinkins | Will Ferrell | David Graham | Cameron Lickle | John McEnroe | Patrick McEnroe | Yannick Noah | Karel Novácek | Jared Palmer | Mikael Pernfors | Christy Turlington

Sponsorship opportunities were available from $250 - $20,000 (included premium ticket packages, journal ad, logo placement, and exclusive benefits). For information on how to sponsor next year’s event, please email events [at] debra [dot] org.

Because The Cost of Doing Nothing Is Too Great.™

Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am August 28, 2013

Tennis Pro-Am at<br />
West Side Tennis Club, NYC - August 28, 2013
Mats Wilander, former #1 player in the world               © West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, NYC

are the ideals that the MW Foundation stands for, not only while on a tennis court but for everyday life. The foundation’s main purpose is to help raise awareness for the rare genetic connective tissue disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – The Worst Disease You’ve Never Heard Of.™ . Mats’ 15 year old son, Erik, inherited a mild form of this genetic disease. Mats has been instrumental in helping debra of America raise awareness and funds for research and the supportive services and programs.