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Icon: Arthur Ashe

Arthur-Ashe-An-American-Icon-1 In case you haven’t heard, the first serves of this year’s US Open were launched yesterday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens.

Which got us thinking about the venue’s namesake racquet-eer. And boy, does he deserve the consideration. Ashe, the first champion of the US Open in its modern form, lobbed and rallied his way to victory back in the golden days of tennis style—before endorsement deals and corporate sponsorships littered the field with swooshes. (We can thank another Kempt Icon for that.) And yet, on courts that had more than their fair share of stark white sweaters and crisp tailored shorts, Ashe was able to stand out sartorially against the crowd.

Maybe it was the glasses.

Take a moment to get to know the newest inductee into this elite pantheon of well-dressed men to admire, and decide for yourself, after the jump...»