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
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Died November 20, 2003(2003-11-20) (aged 72)
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta
Handedness Right
Event 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. 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]

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.


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 Indonesia (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 Roman Catholic Church (1972)
  • FIABCI Medal of Honour, Melbourne (1988).


  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


  • 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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