Ferry Sonneville

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Ferry Sonneville
Ferry Sonneville (1962).jpg
Ferry Sonneville (1962)
Personal information
Birth name Ferdinand Alexander Sonneville
Country  Indonesia
Born (1931-01-03)January 3, 1931
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta
Died November 20, 2003(2003-11-20) (aged 72)
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta
Handedness Right
Men's singles

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. Unfortunately, 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[edit]

His wife's name was Yvonne Theresia de Wit (they married September 1954) and had 3 children, called Ferdinand Rudy Jr. (died in age 21 years old), Genia Theresia Sonneville, and Cynthia Guedolyn Sonneville. Sonneville also had two grandchildren. Sonneville's parents names were Dirk Jan Sonneville (father) and Leonij Elisabeth Hubeek (mother). His religion was Catholic.


Erasmus University, Netherlands

Sports career[edit]

  • Jiujitsu Athlete and coach (1949–1955)
  • Playing captain or coach when Indonesia won or successfully defended Thomas Cup (world team badminton championships) 3 times in succession (1958, 1961, and 1964).
  • Winning Malaysia Open (1955), Dutch Open (1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962), Scotland's World Invitational Tourney (1957), French Open (1957, 1960), German Open (1958, 1960, 1961), Canadian Open (1962), U.S. Open (1962), along with runner-up finish at the All England Championships (1959)
  • PB PBSI's founder (1951) and KONI's founder (1966)
  • KONI's President (1970)
  • Member of staff Asian Games Federation Council (1970)
  • Chef de Mission Indonesian contingen to Olympic (1971)
  • International Federation Badminton/IBF President (1971–1974)
  • PBSI's President (1981–1985)

Business career[edit]

  • Vayatour Chairman Executive Board Lippo Cikarang inc.
  • Ferry Sonneville & Co inc. owner
  • Chairman of Realestat Indonesia Center Council (REI) 1986-1989 periods
  • President and Member of Executive Committee Realestat Internasional Federation (FIABCI) since 1989.
  • Advisory Council IESC Chairman (International Executive Service Corp)

Educational career[edit]

  • Pioneer of Trisakti Foundation represent Lembaga Pembinaan Kesatuan Bangsa (LPKB)
  • Founder of Himpunan Pembina Perguruan Tinggi Swasta (HIPPERTIS)
  • Founder of Asosiasi Perguruan Tinggi Katholik Indoneisa (APTIK)
  • Special Citizen and member of Atma Jaya Foundation
  • Member of Fatmawati Foundation
  • Member of Bhakti Medika Foundation
  • Member of Penyandang Anak Cacat Foundation (YPAC)
  • Member of Gedung Arsip Nasional Foundation
  • Indonesian Nederland Forum (FINED), etc.


  • Satya Lencana Kebudayaan (1961)
  • Tanda Jasa Bintang RI Kelas II (1964)
  • ”Knighthood” from Catholic Rome Church (1972)
  • FIABCI Medal of Honour, Melbourne (1988).


  1. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 123.


  • PBSI, DPP REI, Kompas 21/11/03, Media Indonesia 21/11/03/, Sinar Harapan 20/11/03/, Pikiran Rakyat 21/11/03

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