Ferry Sonneville
Ferry Sonneville (1962).jpg
Ferry Sonneville (1962)
Personal information
Birth nameFerdinand Alexander Sonneville
Country Indonesia
Born(1931-01-03)3 January 1931
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Died20 November 2003(2003-11-20) (aged 72)
Jakarta, Indonesia
HandednessRight
EventMen's singles
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Indonesia
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 1958 Singapore Men's team
Gold medal – first place 1961 Jakarta Men's team
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Men's team
Silver medal – second place 1967 Jakarta Men's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1962 Jakarta Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1962 Jakarta Men's singles

Ferdinand Alexander "Ferry" Sonneville (3 January 1931 – 20 November 2003) was an Indonesian badminton player noted for his touch, consistency, tactical astuteness, and coolness under pressure. He won numerous international singles titles from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s and his clutch performances helped Indonesia to win its first three Thomas Cup (men's world team) titles consecutively in 1958, 1961, and 1964, setting the pattern for his country's continued formidable presence in world badminton. Sonneville's playing career ended on a sour note in the 1967 Thomas Cup final in Jakarta when, past his prime, he was roundly booed by his countrymen after dropping singles matches in Indonesia's controversial loss to Malaysia.[1]

After his high-level playing days ended Sonneville was elected to terms as both president of the International Badminton Federation (now World Badminton Federation) and president of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI).

Private life

Sonneville inherited his sports talents from his parents. His father was Dirk Jan Sonneville (1906-1944), a local tennis champion in the 1930s, and Leonij Elisabeth de Vogel (later Hubeek) (1908-1989), a badminton champion between 1935 and 1945, who taught him the game in the 1940s.[2] His father was a brigade major of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army in the war and was executed by the Japanese.[3] Sonneville married Yvonne Theresia de Wit in September 1954 and had 3 children, called Ferdinand Rudy Jr. (who died at the age of 21), Genia Theresia, and Cynthia Guedolyn. Sonneville also had two grandchildren. His religion was Catholic.

Education

Erasmus University, Netherlands

Sports career

Achievements

International Open Tournaments (16 titles, 11 runners-up)

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1954 Selangor Open Singapore Ong Poh Lim 15–11, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1955 Malaysia Open Denmark Jørn Skaarup 15–5, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1956 Dutch Open England Hugh Findlay 15–3, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1956 German Open Malaysia Eddie Choong 6–15, 0–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1957 French Open Malaysia David Choong 15–4, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1957 German Open Malaysia Eddie Choong 12–15, 12–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1958 Dutch Open Denmark Erland Kops 15–3, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1958 German Open Sweden Bo Nilsson 15–11, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1959 All England Indonesia Tan Joe Hok 8–15, 15–10, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1959 Dutch Open Denmark Knud Aage Nielsen 13–18, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1959 Belgian Championships Denmark Kurt Nielsen 13–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1960 Dutch Open England Hugh Findlay 15–11, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1960 French Open England William Havers 15–1, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1960 German Open Malaysia Lee Kin Tat 15–9, 18–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1961 Dutch Open Thailand Charoen Wattanasin 15–8, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1961 German Open Malaysia Lee Kin Tat 15–5, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1961 French Open Denmark Erland Kops 12–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1962 Dutch Open Thailand Charoen Wattanasin 15–7, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1962 German Open Denmark Erland Kops 10–15, 15–14, 3–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1962 Canadian Open United States Jim Poole 17–16, 17–18, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1962 US Open Indonesia Tan Joe Hok 17–15, 18–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1960 French Open Malaysia David Choong France Pierre Lenoir
France Ghislain Vasseur
15–4, 15-9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1962 Canadian Open Canada Jim Carnwath United States Jim Poole
United States Bobby Williams
6–15, 8-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1962 US Open Indonesia Tan Joe Hok United States Joe Alston
United States Wynn Rogers
12–15, 13-15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1963 All England Open Indonesia Tan Joe Hok Denmark Finn Kobberø
Denmark J. H. Hansen
6–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1960 French Open Indonesia Yvonne Theresia Sonneville Malaysia Yeoh Kean Hua
England Rita A. Rabey
Walkover 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1963 German Open Indonesia Yvonne Theresia Sonneville Denmark Poul-Erik Nielsen
Denmark Kirsten Thorndahl
4–15, 14–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Business career

Educational career

Honours

References

  1. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 123.
  2. ^ Ferry Sonneville. Pebulu, PBSI Founder and Entrepreneur[dead link] at tokohindonesia.com
  3. ^ Dirk Jan Sonneville at oorlogsgravenstichting.nl

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