Nick Freyer - Tournament Director


Nick Freyer has 22 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 44 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 twenty 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), the China Open ATP/WTA tennis event where she heads up the IMG team that consults to the event in Beijing, and the Chengdu Open – an ATP Champions Tour Event (2009 – present). 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 2009-2011 and the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009-2011. 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.


Lim Kok Wye – Event Director


Lim Kok Wye has 12 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 the past 3 years ( 2009-2011), he spent most of his time working on the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur ATP World Tour.


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, Wuhan, 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), 2009-2011 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2009-2011 Chengdu Open (tennis), 2011 Li Na and Friends (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 tennis and golf 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 and the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa where she managed the hospitality & logistics of the program along with overseeing all staff and departments’ operations. Angela will also be taking part in the London Olympics once again this summer in between various tennis tournaments.


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 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 and cooking.

 

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is one of favourite events of the year. She loves the team that put the effort in it, and mostly, it's a real privilege working in her home town.


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 14 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.


Tobias Meinken - Videographer


His lifelong fascination with sports resulted in an University degree in Physical Education, before he left Germany to explore the world. Hunting the endless summer through the Caribbean, Tobias called Costa Rica his home for more than 10 years. It was in these marine life filled waters, where he developed from being a beginner diver snapping some still images into a professional scuba instructor shooting high definition video.

 

Since moving back to Europe, he created his own video production company called Four Elements Video. One of his great passions is the fine art of underwater videography, but Tobias doesn't want to limit himself to the marine world. His experience includes a wide variety of imaging possibilities, from nature to culture, from music to sports.

 

Equipped with a fully mobile high definition video production suite, Tobias will (almost) go anywhere to capture beautiful and energetic images with his organized calm and create videos bearing his unique wit as a signature icon.


Lily Zahir - Player Service Manager


Probably the heart-beat of any group, Lily Zahir was clearly made for events. With a background in hotel management Lily has worked at the top hotels and service apartments in Kuala Lumpur. However, event management seemed to be in the bloodline as her first interest in organising begun at the Mild Seven Outdoor Quest in Sabah where she was only to assist her sister, the Event Manager. Nevertheless, her interest grew and while equipped with people skills, thanks to her days in the hotel industry, Lily’s involvement in the Malaysian Open is only a natural one. Though she started as the Player Service Assistant during the first year in 2009, her experience and work ethic made her a suitable candidate to eventual hired as the Player Service Manager for the 2012 edition, in which is slated to be the best ever tournament.


Devi Sudarsani - Promotion Manager and Player Service Assistant


Though fresh out of college, Devi Sudarsani is no rookie. Coordination seems to be second nature to her. In her four years at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, this Media and Public Relations graduate, had her first taste of the industry during her campus days. During her time Down Under, she was named the Senior Residential Assistant and after organising some of best functions for the students she eventually was awarded the Best Senior Residential Officer, a title which almost immediately landed her a spot in projects upon her return to Malaysia. With a hard sports fan as a father, Devi grew up with sports around her and married with her skill of organising event, she was involved in successful annual Subang Jaya Municipal Council 10KM Run, The Road to SEA Games 2011 campaign under Malaysia’s 24-hour TV sports channel Astro Arena and successfully organise the CIMB Bank Youth Programme 2011 among others.


Wan Abdullah Sa’id Wan Nazri a.k.a John Abdullah - Operation Assistant Manager


The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur never fails to attract adrenalin junkies and the point was proven again with the hiring of its new Operation Assistant Manager, John Abdullah. Despite having a Diploma in Chemical Engineering and a background in construction it was only a natural decision to hire John based on his avid interest in sports. He hikes and bikes outdoor and does anything fun in between during his free time.

 

Interestingly, the organisation of events developed an interest in him after being part of events around KL such as Commonwealth Youth Programme, International Batik Exhibition and TV3 ‘Jom Heboh’ just to name a few.

 

With his passion for organising events, the management believes his addition will ensure the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is another success!


Nathan Gok Wei Thai - Office And Admin Assistant


With a flair in language, Nathan has worked in events since 2008 including the Asean University Games (2008), Seahorse and River Estuary Conversation Program, IPC Powerlifting World Championships (2010). But it was his involvement as a volunteer in third edition of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 where is desire to take a more permanent role started to grow. While having hobbies such as reading, singing and photography, it is the learning languages which makes him stand out from the rest. Mainly having a strong hold on Mandarin and Cantonese including a long list of other Chinese dialect, Nathan speaks English, Malay and Spanish which he learnt at the Instituto Cervantes in Help College of Arts and Technology, Kuala Lumpur.

 


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, Kuala Lumpur 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.