Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (born 9 March 1991) is an Indonesian professional badminton player currently ranked world No. 1 in the men's doubles by the Badminton World Federation. He plays for PB Jaya Raya, and has joined the club since June 2018. He won the 2017 All England Open with his current partner Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. He and Sukamuljo were recognized as one of the most outstanding players, and awarded as the BWF Best Male Players of the Year for two years in a row after collecting seven Superseries titles in 2017 and eight World Tour titles in 2018.
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|
|Born||9 March 1991|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Coach||Herry Iman Pierngadi|
|Career record||343 wins, 106 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo) (16 March 2017 )|
|Current ranking||1 (with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo) (23 March 2021)|
Gideon and Sukamuljo are often referred to as "the Minions" because of their below average height and for their fast and agile playing style, jumping and bouncing just like the Minions in the film Despicable Me. BWF commentator, Gillian Clark stated that the fast play shown by Gideon and Sukamuljo have taken the men's doubles game to a new level and makes the matches exciting to watch.
Gideon started his career in badminton at the Tangkas Jakarta club when he was 9 years old. At the age of 13, he began playing professionally, and at the same time, he received a scholarship in Singapore. Four months later in Singapore, he returned to Indonesia because of illness, and decided not to continue his education abroad. He was again trained by his father, as a singles and doubles player. Gideon won his first international title in the men's singles discipline at the Victorian International a Future Series event.
Gideon was selected to join the national training centre in Cipayung, in the men's doubles team in 2010. Partnered with Agripina Prima Rahmanto, he won the 2011 Singapore and 2012 Iran International tournaments, and also finished as the runners-up in 2012 Vietnam and Osaka International. Feeling disappointed with the PBSI decision in the sending players to the international tournaments, Gideon decided to leave the national training centre in 2013.
Gideon then returned to the court as an independent player paired with the Beijing 2008 gold medalist, Markis Kido. The duo reached the semifinals at the 2013 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold losing to national players Ronald Alexander and Selvanus Geh in straight games. He captured his first Superseries title at the 2013 French Open with Kido, played from the qualification stage, and beat the seeded pairs in their journey to reach the men's doubles podium. Gideon and Kido, reached the semifinals at the 2014 All England Open, and then won their second title at the 2014 Indonesia Masters defeating Selvanus Geh and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the final with the rubber games.
Seeing his achievements with Markis Kido, Gideon was invited by PBSI to rejoin the national team. In early 2015, he was paired with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, ending the years by occupying the top 20 BWF World Ranking, grabbing one title at the Chinese Taipei Masters. At the Chinese Taipei Open in July, Gideon and Sukamuljo reached the final by defeating then World Champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, but they failed to take the title, losing the final tamely to Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan. After this tournament, Indonesian badminton fans dub them as "the Minions" because of their below average height and for their fast and agile playing style, jumping and bouncing just like the Minions in the film Despicable Me. The former badminton player who is currently a BWF commentator, Gillian Clark, also highlighted that the fast play shown by Gideon and Sukamuljo have taken the men's doubles game to a new level and makes the matches exciting to watch. Gideon also participated at the Southeast Asian Games, clinched the gold medal in the men's team event and a silver medal in the men's doubles event.
Gideon and Sukamuljo started their 2016 tour by winning the Malaysia Masters, their performance continued to improve and they won the Superseries title in India and Australia, followed by the Superseries Premier title in China. At the end of 2016, he and Sukamuljo reached the top 10 world ranking, and qualified to compete at the BWF Superseries Finals held in Dubai. The duo failed to advance to the knock out stage after standing in the third position in the group stage, having won a match against their compatriots Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi, and losing two matches to Danish and Japanese pairs.
Gideon is the son of former national badminton player, Kurniahu. He married a general practitioner, Agnes Amelinda Mulyadi on 14 April 2018. His first son Marcus Fernaldi Gideon Jr. was born in January 2019.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|BWF Awards||2017||BWF Best Male Player of the Year with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||Won|||
|Forbes||2020||30 Under 30 Asia (Entertainment and Sports with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo)||Placed|||
|30 Under 30 Indonesia (Young achievers & game changers with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo)||Placed|||
|Golden Award SIWO PWI||2020||Favorite Male Athlete with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||Won|||
|Indonesian Sport Awards||2018||Athlete of the Year with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||Won|||
|Favorite Male Athlete Duos with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||Won|||
|2018||Istora Gelora Bung Karno,
|Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Fajar Alfian
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
|13–21, 21–18, 24–22||Gold|
|2019||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Hiroyuki Endo
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|2015||Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
BWF World Tour (17 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2018||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Li Junhui
|11–21, 21–10, 21–16||Winner|
|2018||India Open||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Kim Astrup
Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
|2018||All England Open||Super 1000||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mathias Boe
|2018||Indonesia Open||Super 1000||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Takuto Inoue
|2018||Japan Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Li Junhui
|2018||Denmark Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Takeshi Kamura
|2018||French Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Han Chengkai
|21–23, 21–8, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Fuzhou China Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| He Jiting
|25–27, 21–17, 21–15||Winner|
|2018||Hong Kong Open||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Takeshi Kamura
|2019||Malaysia Masters||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Ong Yew Sin
Teo Ee Yi
|2019||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|2019||Indonesia Open||Super 1000||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|2019||Japan Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|2019||China Open||Super 1000||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|21–18, 17–21, 21–15||Winner|
|2019||Denmark Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|2019||French Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
|2019||Fuzhou China Open||Super 750||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Takeshi Kamura
|2020||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|2020||All England Open||Super 1000||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Hiroyuki Endo
|18–21, 21–12, 19–21||Runner-up|
BWF Superseries (11 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011. Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.
|2013||French Open||Markis Kido|| Koo Kien Keat
Tan Boon Heong
|2016||India Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
|2016||Australian Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
|2016||China Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mathias Boe
|2017||All England Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Li Junhui
|2017||India Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
|2017||Malaysia Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Fu Haifeng
|21–14, 14–21, 21–12||Winner|
|2017||Korea Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mathias Boe
|19–21, 21–19, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Japan Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Takuto Inoue
|2017||Denmark Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Liu Cheng
|16–21, 24–22, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2017||China Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mathias Boe
|2017||Hong Kong Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Mads Conrad-Petersen
Mads Pieler Kolding
|2017||Dubai World Superseries Finals||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Liu Cheng
- BWF World Superseries Finals tournament
- BWF Superseries Premier tournament
- BWF Superseries tournament
BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017.
|2014||Indonesian Masters||Markis Kido|| Selvanus Geh
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
|21–17, 20–22, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||Chinese Taipei Open||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Fu Haifeng
|2015||Chinese Taipei Masters||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Hoon Thien How
Lim Khim Wah
|2016||Malaysia Masters||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|| Koo Kien Keat
Tan Boon Heong
|18–21, 21–13, 21–18||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series (3 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
|2009||Victorian International||Joe Wu||17–21, 21–8, 21–15||Winner|
|2011||Singapore International||Agripina Prima Rahmanto Putra|| Lukhi Apri Nugroho
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
|2012||Iran Fajr International||Agripina Prima Rahmanto Putra|| Tarun Kona
|2012||Vietnam International||Agripina Prima Rahmanto Putra|| Ricky Karanda Suwardi
|2012||Osaka International||Agripina Prima Rahmanto Putra|| Takeshi Kamura
|17–21, 23–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Turkey International||Gabriela Stoeva|| Jones Ralfy Jansen
Cisita Joity Jansen
|21–17, 17–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||G||NH||A||NH||A||NH||A|
|Asia Team Championships||NH||A||NH||G||NH||G||NH|
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||NH||S||NH||A||NH||A||NH||A|
|World Championships||3R (MD)
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.
Kevin Sanjaya SukamuljoEdit
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo have ten winning streaks in the head-to-head record against Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi. They also lead the meeting record with a wide margin against Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China and their senior compatriots Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Meanwhile, Sukamuljo and Gideon have a poor head-to-head record against Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe (2–6), Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong (0–3), and also Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan (1–3).
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