Nick Freyer - Tournament Director


Nick Freyer has 21 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. Mr. Freyer was 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, Li Na, Rafael Nadal and Vera Zvonareva. 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, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong, Rafael Nadal’s first visits to Taiwan, Korea, Macao and Malaysia,  the historic 2007 matches between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras,  and the Vanetian Macao Tennis Showdown events in 2008-2010 which featured Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and James Blake, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer. In addition to directing the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, he is also the Tournament Director of the Chengdu Open, an ATP Champions Tour tournament. Nick loves to play tennis as well as photograph tennis, 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 schooling hammerhead sharks, manta rays, humpback whales and whalesharks.

Doris Chan - Tournament Administration & Finance Director


Doris Chan, Vice President, IMG Tennis, Asia, has nineteen 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 to 2010) 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 - Event Director


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 as an Event Manager and was involved with the management of many 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 the Event Director of the IMG created Hainan Discovery Triathlon 2002-03 where she was responsible for the entire event production, including course design, government liaison work, budgeting, and client servicing. Tinny has worked as an independent contractor since January 2005 and has been involved with a wide range of sports event productions. These including being the Race Director of the Ironman China triathlon since 2008, ATP Champions Tour tennis tournaments in Hong Kong, being a consultant for an adventure TV program in China and being a Deputy Venue Manager for BOB during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tinny remains very close to IMG working on IMG projects on an annual basis. She worked with IMG on the Manchester United Asian Tour, China Open Tennis (2005 - 2009), the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown extravaganzas (2007-2010), the ATP Champions Tour - Chengdu 2009-2010 and the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009-2010. 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.


Zalina Zahir - Event Director


A veteran producer of Golf and Tennis events, KL based Zalina Zahir brings with her over 15 years of international experience in the multi-faceted sports event industry. She spent 5 years with Asian Tour (known then as the APGA Tour) in Player Services and Event Operations working on over 200 different events across Asia and Europe. Upon joining IMG in 2000, Zalina was tasked with running all of IMG's productions in Malaysia, including some of the country's marquee events, such as the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest adventure race for 3 years, the World's Strongest Men and Women in 2002 and most recently, the successful "Showdown of Champions, Kuala Lumpur", featuring IMG clients Roger Federer, James Blake, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Zalina is a core member of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur team. Known for her efficiency, organisational skills and ability to co-ordinate well with her fellow Malaysians, some of her key roles in the various events have included client servicing, event operations, host venue co-ordination, player management and government liaison work. She writes and speaks fluent Bahasa Malaysia and English.


Lim Kok Wye – Director of Logistics


Lim Kok Wye has 11 years of Malaysian sports science and event management experience.  Lim began his transition into tennis events at the end of 2007 when he was actively involved in the management 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. In 2009 and 2010, he spent most of his year working on the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur ATP World Tour.  Spends most of his time on the Blackberry and new toy, iphone 4.


Robecta Yeung – Marketing / TV Director


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, Chengdu, 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 - 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 - Roger Federer vs Pete Sampras in Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2007 Clash of Titans - Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gusquet in Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2007 Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2009-2010 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2009-2010 Chengdu Open (tennis) and The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2009.


Angela Archer - Player Services Director


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, The Chengdu ATP Champions Tour and the Showdown of Champions Kuala Lumpur & Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown special events featuring current tennis stars and past legends. 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.

Alongside tennis and golf tournaments, Angela is also involved with Corporate Hospitality Programs for the Olympic Games as well as FIFA Football World Cup. In 2008 Angela spent most of her year in Beijing working on the adidas Olympics Hospitality Program as the Account Manager for a 1200-guest program. And in 2010 Angela also took part in the OMEGA Olympics Hospitality Program for the Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, Canada as well as the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa. Angela was again the Account Manager for the Hospitality Program with the first ever Chinese sponsor in World Cup history and she managed the hospitality & logistics of the program along with overseeing all staff and departments’ operations. 


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 28-year-old has also covered events from Formula 1, MotoGP and A1GP right down to the Formula BMW. 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, Ghaz who specializes in motorsports is currently the press officer for a number of single seater teams and drivers most notably Fahmi Ilyas (Formula BMW Europe) and Sazlan Sirajudin (Formula Renault UK). 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.


Sheena Sheikh-Freyer – Upper Player Lounge Manager


Sheena hails from Malaysia and has 22 years of hospitality experience working in the hotel and airline industries. Sheena has worked on IMG tennis and multi-sport events in China and Malaysia since 1998.

 

Currently she is a freelance personal health and fitness trainer based in Hong Kong. She enjoys all kinds of sports including tennis, running, weight-lifting, kayaking, diving, including world travel as well as photography (under and above water) and perfecting the art of gluten free baking.

 

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is one of favourite events of the year as she loves the team that put the effort in it.


Susan Yahng – Lower Player Lounge Manager


Susan Yahng's involvement with tennis tournaments started shortly after she was relocated to Hong Kong from Boston, Massachusetts in the mid 90s. From the Salem Open & Marlboro Championships, to the Watsons Water's International, which is now the Hong Kong Classic and Champions Tour events , she has developed valuable expertise in working in the Player's Lounge, with special emphasis on practice court allocation! Susan is very happy to be part of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur team and looks forward to the 2011 event.


Tom Reed - Court Services Manager


Tom joins the Malaysian Open team as Head of Court Services for the third year. He 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 Marlboro Championships and the Watsons Water Champions Challenge 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 Hong Kong Tennis Classic, JB Group Classic and Watsons Water Champions Challenge events in Hong Kong from 2006-2011, featuring stars such as Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams. He also assisted with the PR operations on the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown series of events from 2007-2009, featuring Federer, Sampras, Agassi, Borg, and McEnroe. Tom is a keen tennis player himself and hits the court whenever he has the chance.


Ron Angle - Official Tournament Photographer


Ron Angle has been a professional photographer for 21 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' website.


Radzi Zahir - Volunteer Manager


An ex-banker in Malaysia for 15 years, with a passion for tennis for as long as he can remember, it was only natural for Radzi Zahir to be part of the Malaysian Open ATP 250 team, once the tournament was secured for Kuala Lumpur. Radzi will again join the team as the Volunteer Manager, a position where he supervises 90 staff working across all areas of the event, to ensure a smooth flow of manpower throughout the tournament. The 41-year-old is also "Mr. Fun" in the management team and believes that the spirit of teamwork and a positive attitude are vital in making the tournament a fun place to be, regardless of if you are enjoying the tennis as a fan or part of the working team.


Lina Teoh - Event Emcee


Joining us for the 2nd year, Lina is a self - proclaimed hyperactive “experience junkie” constantly pushing herself to learn and grow more in life.  Having had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world, she is extremely adventurous and loves a good challenge! Destined never to be bored, Lina wears many hats in life - as a passionate documentary filmmaker, actress, TV host and emcee.

 

Over the past 4 years, Lina has produced and directed world-class documentaries for international broadcasters such as the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. Her production credits include the award winning “Great Apes of Asia with Michelle Yeoh” (Producer, 2009), “A Leaders Legacy: Tun Abdul Razak” (Producer, 2010), “The Lion Dance King” (Director/Producer/Writer, 2007) and “Mega Structures: Smart Tunnel” (Associate Producer, 2008). She is currently working on a new documentary being produced for the History Channel (Director/ Producer - to be completed by the end of 2011) as well as a supervising producer for the Malaysian Film board’s (Finas) “Malaysia to the World 2011”  initiative. She has also been chosen to participate in Crossing Borders 2011 - an Eurasia-Pacific international training programme offering talented up-and-coming filmmakers from Europe and the Asia Pacific a unique opportunity to develop their documentaries for an international audience.

 

In 2010, Lina launched Running Water Documentaries — a production company specializing in crafting high quality documentaries for local, regional and international markets.

 

Growing up in Australia, originating from European and Asian decent, Lina has a comprehensive understanding and rich experience of both cultures, giving her a unique approach and style to telling non fictional stories in a well balanced manner for our ever changing world.

 

Most well known for her achievement of being crowned “Miss World 2nd Runner-up” (1998/99) - a first for Malaysia and the highest placement achieved by the nation until today. She is also popular for her award winning role as Susan in the English TV sitcom “Kopitiam”. Recently (May 2011) Lina returned to the stage to play the main role of “Annette” in the internationally acclaimed Tony award winning comedy play “God of Carnage”. Also a popular face on Asian television for many years she has hosted numerous programs as well as presented a morning radio show for the national radio station RedFM and is a well sort after personality on the emcee circuit. Lina has been emceeing for numerous prestigious companies and events since 2003 and is returning as the event emcee for this year’s ATP 250 Malaysian Tennis Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011.

Janet Tang - Sponsor Hospitality Suite Manager


Janet Tang is the Event Manager, IMG Tennis, Asia, and has been with the company since 1997. Based at IMG's tennis headquarters in Hong Kong, she is responsible for administration and marketing work related to the IMG tennis Division in Asia and in this capacity has been involved with all of IMG's tennis productions over the last 13 years. She has comprehensive experience in sports management, event sales & marketing, player service support and corporate hospitality.

 

She speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Janet helped produce many of the documents relating to the tournament bid document and as such, she has been involved with the tournament since before its inception.

 

In addition to tennis, Janet has over her tenure been involved with hundreds of events which include the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest adventure race (1998-2004), the Hainan Discovery Triathlon 2003-2004, the musicals Chicago, Riverdance, Miss Saigon, Singin' In The Rain, golf events such as the Zung Fu, Diners Club and Credit Suisse Golf Days, Deutsche Bank Invitational and China Open tennis events in Beijing, the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown tennis spectaculars 2007-2010 and the Chengdu Open, China's First ATP Champions Tour tournament.

 

In addition to her year round marketing support role for the tournament, Janet manages the corporate hospitality lounge and sales as well as hotel player transport desk at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur.


HCFoo - Sales and Marketing Manager


Foo Huey Chyun gets her first stint of international tennis event by covering the Showdown of Champions KL 2008 exhibition as an accredited blogger. Known as ‘HCFoo’ in the blogosphere,  she has been living the tennis blogger dream, from interviewing many tennis pros like Roger Federer and Fernando Verdasco to attending Players’ Party and celebrating Li Na’s birthday. This year she has taken her passion and love for tennis to a professional level by joining the ATP World Tour 250 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur team. She has more than 8 years experience in corporate communications and creative marketing strategies.