Rudy Hartono - A Legend

20 December, 2017

Rudy Hartono visited the All­ England Championships in 1968 as the Indonesian No 1 and was seeded three or four. He had shown his promise the year before by defeating Tan Aik Huang in the Thomas Cup. In the Empire Pool he did not disappoint his followers. The 18-year-old Jawa-born Rudy Hartono joined the elite trio of Conny Jepsen, David Freeman and Tan Joe Hok in winning the singles at the first attempt. His dominance of men's singles surpassed all others, and he became a legend in the record books long before winning the official World Championships 1980 in Djakarta.