Nick Freyer - Tournament Director

Nick Freyer has 19 years of Asian sports and entertainment marketing and management experience and has been with IMG since 1995. Prior to working at IMG, he spent five years marketing sponsorship and organising tennis events in Asia, including the first ATP Tour events in Asia in 1990. With an honours degree in Sports Marketing & Management from Loughborough University (UK), he has lived in the China region for more than 40 years. Mr. Freyer is Senior Vice President and Head of Tennis, Asia, with IMG and a Tournament Director. He was also the creator and Executive Race Director for eight years (China/Malaysia) of the IMG owned Mild Seven Outdoor Quest, the richest Adventure Race in the world and in 2002 co-founded the Hainan Discovery Triathlon, the leading triathlon at the time in China. When New Balance, the Boston based manufacturer of athletic shoes sought to expand their Asian marathon sponsorship presence, Mr. Freyer's experience helped them secure sponsorships of marathons in Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong, where they remain a sponsor. Mr. Freyer was intimately involved with the Beijing Olympic Bid Committee (BOBICO) being a point-man for IMG's work as Global Marketing Consultants to BOBICO. Mr. Freyer is currently responsible for IMG's Tennis business in Asia working on tennis events throughout the region and supporting the Asian business interests of IMG clients that include Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams. His many years of industry experience has meant he has been involved in the marketing of a number of event firsts which include Maria Sharapova's first visits to China, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong, the creation of China's first adventure race and the historic 2007 matches he co-created between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras which took place in Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Macao.  In 2008 he managed the historic matches in Asia featuring Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, James Blake and John McEnroe and in 2009 he will be Tournament Director of a new ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Asia, China's first ATP Champions Tour event and a historic match between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. When not thinking tennis, Nick loves to play tennis and ride his bike in the early hours on the crazy roads of Hong Kong and travel to far flung places with his wife, to film underwater life with his favorite subjects being sharks, manta rays, humpback whales and whalesharks.


Doris Chan - Director, Tournament Administration & Finance

Doris Chan, Vice President, IMG Tennis, Asia, has fourteen years of event management and client service experience in the Asian region and speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Before joining IMG in 1998, Doris worked for four years at the Hong Kong Badminton Association where she was Chief Sports Executive. She was also the General Manager, based in Beijing, of the CNBA Chinese Basketball League. At IMG, Doris was the Project Director of the highly successful Mild Seven Outdoor Quest adventure race for seven years where her duties included servicing sponsors, event financial control, liaison with technical experts, athletes, local and provincial government, television production logistics and management of an event staff of over 60 people. Recently, Doris was the Project Director of the Deutsche Bank Invitational with Maria Sharapova, the Manchester United Asia Tour - Beijing, Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown in Macao (2007, 2008) and the China Open ATP/WTA tennis event where she heads up the IMG team that consults to the event in Beijing. Doris understands sports marketing, the importance of the happy client and is highly talented with the financial control and management of event budgets.


Tinny Tung - Director, Tennis Operations

Tri-lingual Tinny (English, Cantonese, Mandarin) was a professional badminton player and represented Hong Kong in various international competitions (including the Asian Games) for more than 10 years. She joined IMG in 2000 after her graduation from Hong Kong University (with a first class honors degree). For 5 years, Tinny was an IMG Event Manger and was involved in different kinds of events including the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest, Dalian Golf Invitational, Volkswagen China Masters Golf Tournament, the matches of Liverpool and Real Madrid in Hong Kong in 2003 and the China FA Cup (football). Tinny was also appointed as an Event Director of the IMG created Hainan Discovery Triathlon 2002-03 and was responsible for the entire event production including course design, government liaison, budgeting, and client servicing. Tinny has been working as an independent contractor since January 2005 and has been involved in a wide range of sports event productions including being the Race Director of the inaugural Ironman China triathlon in 2008, an ATP Champions Tour tennis tournament in Hong Kong, and as a consultant of a reality adventure TV program. Tinny remains very close to IMG working on IMG tennis projects on an annual basis. She worked with IMG on the Manchester United Asian Tour, China Open Tennis from 2005 to 2008, Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2007 and 2008 and the Showdown of Champions, KL 2008. Tinny is a proactive, highly intelligent, logical and analytical person with strong communication skills and is excellent at working with people of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.


Angela Archer - Senior Manager, Event Operations

Angela has been working in the sports events industry since graduating in 2004. She started in the Player Services department for the WTA Tour Bank of the West Classic Tennis Tournament in Stanford, CA. In the past few years, Angela has worked for numerous golf and tennis tournaments and exhibitions including the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami Florida; The China Open in Beijing; the HSBC Champions in Shanghai; the Watsons Water Challenge HK and the Showdown of Champions Kuala Lumpur & Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown special events featuring Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, James Blake and Bjorn Borg. Her experience in event management covers a variety of areas from player hospitality to pre-tournament logistics, overseeing many facets including accommodation arrangements, transportation, operations, security, media relations, official functions, hospitality requests as well as players and agent liaisons.

In 2008 Angela spent most of her year in Beijing working on the adidas Olympics Hospitality Program for the 2008 Games. As the Account Manager, Angela supervised the 1200-guest account. All aspects and departments of the account were managed through her under the direction of the Senior Account Director. She also headed the on-site team of nearly 40 people during the 2008 Olympics.

Following the 2008 Olympic Games, Angela rejoined the professional tennis community and is set to continue being a major part of sporting events.

Zalina Zahir - Event Director, Logistics

A veteran in Golf and Tennis events, Zalina Zahir brings with her over 15 years of experience in the multi-faceted sports industry. She spent over 5 years with Asian Tour (then known as APGA) handling Players and Event Operations in over 200 different events in Asia, Asia Pacific and Europe. Upon joining IMG in 2000, Zalina was tasked with running all of IMG's events in Malaysia including some of the country's marquee events such as Mild Seven Outdoor Quest adventure race for 3 years, the World Strongest Men and Women in 2002 and most recently the sold out tennis event - The Showdown of Champions in Kuala Lumpur featuring Roger Federer, James Blake, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Known to her colleagues as highly organized and efficient, some of her key roles in the various events included client servicing, event operations, host venue liaison, player management and government liaison. She writes and speaks fluent Bahasa Malaysia and English.


Lim Kok Wye - Senior Manager, Stadium & Courts

Lim Kok Wye has 9 years of Malaysian sports science and event management experience. With an honours degree in Exercise Physiology & Athletic Training (Major) and Sports Psychology and Sports Management (Minor), from the University of Malaya (UM), he started his career as an Exercise Physiologist with the National Sports Institute, National Sports Council of Malaysia (NSC). Since the end of 2006, Lim has been with First Events Promotions (FEP) Sdn. Bhd. (FEP)/ LD Sports (LD) Sdn. Bhd working in the areas of Event Operations, Ticketing, Event Marketing and Management. Prior to joining FEP / LD, he spent 2 years in management with the Badminton Association of Malaysia working as High Performance Manager and Project Manager (Badminton) focusing on the Doha 2006 Asian Games Project in conjunction with the National Sports Council of Malaysia (NSC).  It was at this event that Malaysia won its first gold medal in badminton (the men's doubles) after a lapse of 36 years.  During his tenure with BAM/ NSC, he was also appointed also as the Team Manager for the All England 2006 (badminton Championships), the Swiss Open 2006 and was the Assistant Team Manager for the Thomas and Uber Cup 2006 (Tokyo), Indonesian Open and World Championships 2006 in Madrid, Spain. Lim began his transition into events at the end of 2006 when he was actively involved in the management of the Proton Malaysia Open 2007 (badminton) and Asian Badminton Champs 2007 (badminton).  He then managed the venue for the World Championships 2007 (badminton) and also the Malaysia Independence Tennis Festival 2007 which featured Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras and Richard Gasquet.  In 2008, he continued to enrich his involvement with tennis, where he managed the venue for the historic matches in Malaysia featuring Roger Federer, James Blake, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. When not on his Blackberry, Lim loves to play badminton.


Monique Lim - Director Player Services

A marketing and events management specialist with blue chip client (LVMH, Virgin Atlantic, ING Group) experience, Monique worked in client and account management before moving on to tennis. Her past expertise plus an acute attention to detail have enabled her to deliver client focused solutions, whether dealing with sponsors, players or the public. This was put into practice for example, whilst preparing for the tournament and heading the tournament office during the Valencia Open (ATP Tour), and organizing personalized hospitality programmes for 200 plus VIP and players at the Shanghai ATP year-end Championships. However her client management skills honed from her previous experience and her various languages made her a natural choice for many tennis tournaments to specialise in Player Relations - Madrid Masters, French Open, Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, Chennai Open.

Monique's understanding of diverse corporate cultures and intercultural nuances permit her to adapt quickly to any situation and her communication, management and organizational strengths have been intrinsic to the success of her work.

Robecta Yeung - Senior Manager, Tournament Operations & Logistics

Robecta Yeung has experience in sport marketing for over 15 years and speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She has worked for various professional sports events throughout the Asian region in countries that include Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka and Seoul.

She has been involved in different aspects of sport event management such as operations, client servicing, media management, event advertising and marketing, budgeting, ticketing, website development as well as television production coordination.

Robecta has played a key role at the following major events �V 1994-1996 World Volleyball Grand Prix, 1997-2002 Salem Open in Hong Kong (tennis), 1998-2000 William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament in Taipei, 1998-2001 Martell Skins Golf Classic in Taipei, 2002-2004 Paradorn Super Tour in Thailand (tennis), 2003-2004 Thailand Open (tennis), 2004 China Open (tennis), 2006-2007 Royal Trophy in Bangkok (team golf), 2007 Clash of Times �V Roger Federer vs Pete Sampras in Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2007 Clash of Titans �V Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gusquet in Kuala Lumpur (tennis) and 2007 Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur (tennis).

Winnie Heng - Director, Tournament Promotions, PR & Marketing

Singapore based Winnie has eight years of experience in the sports industry specialising in golf and has managed numerous golf tournaments on the world stage which have been sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and the LPGA.

She liaises closely with key sponsors, venues and sanctioning bodies; roles that require high levels of organisation, understanding of commercial objectives and co-ordination as well as a strong overview of sponsors' and how an event may meet commercial sponsor objectives.

Winnie was involved in the recent HSBC Women's Champions which took place in March 2009 in Singapore which is the largest golf tournament in Asia sanctioned by the LPGA Tour. Her role was to lead the client servicing, implementation and event marketing team working very closely with the main sponsor, HSBC.

She played a key role in integrating all the strategies of the key stakeholders into the overall communication plan and on-site delivery.

Winnie also oversees the PR and publicity at these events and helps to facilitate the various press conferences to ensure awareness and generate promotional value for the event.

Part of Winnie's job is to manage the post event evaluation process where event results are quantified and measured. In April, Winnie joined the IMG Tennis Division for their new ATP World Tour event in Malaysia.


Craig Gabriel - International Media Director

Sydney based Craig Gabriel has been working in professional tennis as a broadcaster, commentator, writer and media director for over 25 years. He has been the Media Director at tournaments in Australia, South Africa, India and China and has consulted with events in Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA.

He has been the International Media Liaison for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and holds that role for the Masters 1000 in Shanghai. He has attended five Olympic Games and is contracted by the ATP, ITF, Tennis Australia and the USTA. His tennis reports are heard on TV and radio in Australia and New Zealand and on radio in South Africa, the USA, UK, Dubai and in several parts of Asia.

He travels on the international tennis circuit up to eight months of the year and had attended well over 100 Grand Slam tournaments and 20 Davis Cup finals.

Ghaz Ramli - Local Media Director

Formerly a sports journalist with the Malay Mail, Ghaz Ramli switched sides to the public relations area and specialises in sports. Ramli has covered various major sporting events including the 2005 Manila SEA Games and thee 2007 Korat SEA Games.

The 27-year-old has also covered events from Formula 1, MotoGP and A1GP right down to the Formula BMW Pacific. He was recruited by Astro All Asia Broadcast to be it's news editor during the station's coverage of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2006 Doha Asian Games, the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Originally from Ipoh, Malaysia, who specializes in the motorsports is currently the press officer for a number of single seater teams and drivers most notably the A1 Team Malaysia driver Aaron Lim. He was employed by the Sepang International Circuit as the media coordinator for the highly successful 2009 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix.

His service is also sought by Motorsports Asia and the Motorsports Association of Malaysia. The Malaysian Hockey Confederation and the Asian Hockey Federation have also engaged his services to operate the Asia Cup media centre.

Ron Angle - Official Tournament Photographer

Ron Angle has been a professional photographer for 20 years but for the last 16 years his concentration has been at the highest levels of world tennis. He covers each one of the four majors, Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and attends Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, Masters 1000 tournaments on the ATP World Tour and Premier level events on the WTA Tour.

His images are used by major publications globally including Sports Illustrated, as well as on sports and tennis internet sites and at tournaments. Ron has a very strong working relationship with most of the biggest and most important sporting goods manufacturers and has been the official photographer for: Lacoste, Nike, Reebok and Babolat. He is also the photographer for Sega Games.

Ron is the sole contributor and visual editor for Andy Roddick's website and Marcos Baghdatis' website and is a contributor to Serena Williams's website.


Tom Reed - Head of Court Services

Tom got his first taste of international tennis events as a ballboy in ATP and exhibition events in Hong Kong before volunteering in Court Services at age 13. Tom went on to work in Court Services for such events as the ATP Salem Open, the Marlborough Championships and the Watsons Water Champions Challenge in Hong Kong and also at Wimbledon. After graduating with a law degree from Durham University, Tom worked as Event Co-ordinator and later Operations Manager, undertaking a wide range of operational and PR & marketing related roles at the Watsons Water Champions Challenge and J B Group Classic events in Hong Kong, featuring stars such as Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams. He also assisted with the PR operations on the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown series of events featuring Federer, Sampras, Blake, Borg, and McEnroe. Tom is a keen tennis player himself and hits the court whenever he has the chance.


Paul Moreno - Director - Courts, Venue Operations and Grounds

Paul brings to the Malaysian Open a lifetime of experience in tennis, coming from a family of tennis players (his father was a junior national coach for Hong Kong, and his sister one of the few professional tennis players from Asia), and over 10 years experience in sporting events management.

Beginning as a ballboy at the Seiko Super Tennis series in the mid-80's, Paul worked his way up to court services at the Salem Open in the early 90's and finally, joined the event organizers working on various event operational duties and capacities from 1994 - 1997. This gives him a unique position of having worked on numerous aspects of on-court tournament operations.

Upon graduation, Paul joined IMG's event operations team in Hong Kong, gaining exposure to a wide variety of events in varying capacities across Asia: motor racing, volleyball, badminton, golf, licensing services, extreme sports and adventure sports. Paul's highlights include the Asian Festival of Speed, Philip's X-rage extreme sports Asia Tour, the Four Square white water rafting challenge, and Liverpool and Real Madrid Asia Tour (Hong Kong).

He was also a member of the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest event team - IMG's flagship adventure racing event, serving as Race Logistics Director in 2002 and 2003. Paul was also one of only three staff to have served on all eight years of the events' illustrious history.

A fan of adventure travel, Paul spent the last 3 years as Vice-President of WildChina, a luxury travel firm based in Beijing, creating one-of-a-kind travel programs to off-the-beaten-path destinations across China for individuals, institutions and corporations. With his passion of sports still strong, Paul spear-headed WildChina's Olympic hospitality touring service operations, working with major sponsors of the games in designing unique client touring programs to enhance their guests' overall Olympic experience.