Nick Freyer - Tournament Director


Nick Freyer has 23 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 45 years.

 

Mr. Freyer is Senior Vice President and Head of Tennis, Asia, with IMG. 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, Novak Djokovic, Li Na and Davide Ferrer. He has been involved with 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 WTA Shenzhen Longgang Open. Nick loves to play tennis as well as photograph tennis and world city landmarks, as well as to travel to far flung places with his wife, to film underwater life with his favorite subjects being schooling hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and whalesharks.

Doris Chan - Tournament Administration & Finance Director


Beijing based Doris Chan - Vice President, IMG Tennis, Asia, has twenty-one 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. Doris was the Project Director of the Deutsche Bank Invitational with Maria Sharapova during her first ever visit to China, she managed the Manchester United Asia Tour - Beijing, Venetian Macao Tennis Showdowns in Macao (2007 to 2010), the China Open ATP/WTA tennis event where for seven years she headed up the IMG team that consulted to the ATP/WTA tennis tournament in Beijing, and the Chengdu Open – an ATP Champions Tour Event (2009 – 2011), Li Na & Friends in Wuhan which celebrated Li Na’s historic French Open victory and most recently the Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open, WTA tournament. Doris has also been involved with IMG’s other tennis events across the Asia region in countries as diverse as Taiwan and Malaysia and has worked closely with Rafael Nadal, Li Na, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Andre Agassi and her good friend Pete Sampras. She is also a member of Team Li Na, which services the commercial requirements of China’s leading sportswoman. Doris has thousands of hours of work experience operating in different sports around China and Asia, 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 2009-2012. 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 4 years ( 2009-2012), 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), 2009-2012 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (tennis), 2009-2011 Chengdu Open (tennis), 2011 Li Na and Friends (tennis), The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2009 and 2013 Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open (tennis).


Angela Archer - Player Services Director


Angela has been working in the sports events industry for the past 8 years. She started in the Player Services department for the WTA Tour Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. From then on, Angela worked for numerous tennis and golf tournaments and exhibitions including the Sony Open in Miami, Florida; The China Open in Beijing; the HSBC Champions in Shanghai; the Watsons Water Challenge Hong Kong; 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 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. In 2012 Angela took part in the Olympic Games once again in London in between various tennis tournaments.


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. As much as she loves her job, she enjoys all kinds of sports herself and recently picked up Kick Boxing. She has travel bug in her and would go at least to one new place every year.

 

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is one of favorite events of the year. She finds KL team are a passionate bunch and she loves working with them.


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 15 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, the Chengdu Open, China's First ATP Champions Tour tournament, Wuhan Tiandi 2011 Li Na and Friends and the Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open 2013.

 

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. During this time he developed a strong sense for moving images, developed from snapping still images to 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. Being able to capture the moment, he became a first class event videographer as well. His experience includes a wide variety of imaging possibilities, from nature to culture, from music to sports.

 

Equipped with his high definition video camera, 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.


Nathan Gok Wei Thai – Volunteer Manager and Office Administrator


Nathan has worked in events since 2008 including the ASEAN University Games (2008), IPC Power Lifting World Championships (2010), CIMB Classic Golf (2012), WTA Shenzhen Open (2012), and Challenge Taiwan Triathlon (2013). His involvement as a volunteer in second edition of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 where is desire to take a more permanent role started to grow. While having hobbies such as reading and photography, it is the learning language 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. He loves to work for sport event and he is glad to come back for this year again.

 


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 2013 edition, in which is slated to be the best ever tournament. She also involved in other events such as Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Honda LPGA Thailand and Thailand Golf Championship.