The 3rd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation & debra of America Tennis Pro-Am

Mats Wilander at the 3rd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation & debra of America Tennis Pro-Am

Thank you to all our generous sponsors, volunteers, and guests who participated in the 3rd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation & debra of America Tennis Pro-Am presented by Mölnlycke Health Care on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, in Forest Hills, New York City at the former venue for the US Open Tennis Championships. This was our highest attended and most successful fundraising year yet – and we could not have done it without everyone’s support!

US Open energy was in the air as players took to the 100-year-old West Side Tennis Club grass courts just steps from the original championship stadium to play with former world #1 Mats Wilander and Cameron Lickle of Wilander on Wheels, Swedish Coach, Fredrik Rosengren, and two-time Australian Open Champion, Johan Kriek.

At the 3rd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation & debra of America Tennis Pro-Am

Wilson Sporting Goods generously provided sport sacks filled with Wilson goodies and their newest rackets for players to test out. The day continued with a barbeque lunch on the patio followed by instructional clinics, skills and drills, and tournament play. For details on the 2016 Pro-Am, please email events [at] debra [dot] org.

The 3nd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation & debra of America Tennis Pro-Am

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Venue: West Side Tennis Club, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, NY 11375 [Google Map]
Dress Code: Tennis Whites (required)
Directions/Parking: Click here
Open to all skill levels and ages

World-ranked pros and special guests who have attended the Pro-Am include: Leslie Allen, Jonas Björkman, Thomas Blake, Jim Courier, Will Farrell, Thomas Johansson, Johan Kriek, John McEnroe, Karel Nováček, Mikael Pernfors, Fredrik Rosengren

Questions? Email events [at] debra [dot] org or call 212-868-1573


  • Playing with Mats Wilander, Former #1 Tennis Player in the World, 7 Grand Slam Singles Titles, & International Tennis Hall of Fame Member
  • Hitting with Cameron Lickle (Wilander on Wheels) and Former & Current Tennis Pros on 3 Court Surfaces - Including Grass!
  • Instructional Clinics, Competition Drills & Round-Robins
  • Team Competition for Prizes
  • Pro Meet-and-Greet
  • Viewing a Professional Exhibition Match
  • Access to Locker Room and Showers
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Barbecue Lunch with Beer, Wine & Cocktails

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 Forest Hills, New York.

The US Open Tennis Championships were hosted at the legendary West Side Tennis Club for over six decades (from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977), before its move to Flushing Meadow. In the midst of this fast-paced NYC life, the Club is an oasis of green velvet lawns and Tudor architecture located in Forest Hills Gardens. The Club has 38 tennis courts in all four surfaces (clay court, har-tru, grass court, and hard court).

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.

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’ 18 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.

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.