| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The 2nd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the grass courts of the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. At the event, you will have the chance to play with Mats Wilander and current and former pros on three different court surfaces to raise money and awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare and fatal genetic connective tissue disorder that affects one out of every 20,000 live births in the United States. Because their skin is so fragile, those with EB are often known as ‘Butterfly Children.’

The Tennis Pro-Am is open to guests of all ages and playing levels. Past participants include John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Jonas Björkman, Thomas Blake, Thomas Johansson, Mikael Pernfors and Karel Nováček. Attendees will enjoy a full-day of dining, instructional clinics, pro challenges, individual competitions, and new this year, team competitions. All ticket sales benefit debra of America, the only national non-profit dedicated to funding research for treatments and a cure, while providing supportive services and programs for those who suffer from this rare disorder.

Ticket includes:

►Playing with Mats Wilander, former number one tennis player in the world, who captured seven Grand Slam singles titles and is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Hitting with former and current tennis pros on three court surfaces, including grass!

Instructional clinics, competition drills and round-robin events

Team competition for prizes

Pro meet-and-greet

Viewing a professional exhibition match in the former U.S. Open Tennis Championships Stadium

Continental breakfast and barbecue lunch with beer, wine and cocktails

For more information, visit www.debra.org/Tennis2014.