I agree with you. Of the two "bad guys", I liked Johny Mac a lot but for some reason, I never quite liked Jimmy. I found him pretty arrogant on and off court. Mac has soften a lot while getting older, sometimes even making fun of young himself. I don't see Jimmy doing this for instance. Saying this, I don't know him personally so it's only based on what I could see on TV, in interviews etc.Yes, I have heard that his Australian Tour was successful.
Fact is, that else where and most often, his obscene gestures (while seemingly more entertaining to some today) were crude, self serving and showboating, especially in the fair sportsman standards of that era. That was true time and time again - for years...
Putting him in perspective, I still rely on Charles Pasarell's description of JC - "He is a p#ick." Everything that I have read supports that other pros saw him that same way.
I am so glad that Newk won that fine AO Open match. One of my favorites to view.
But maybe Mac saw him just as other pros saw JC ... True, I am no fan of JC. (For some perverse reason, today, some admire the darkness of the outsider who tears things apart for self gain and our morbid entertainment. Do not forget his earlier efforts not to join the movement as pros tried to form a unified tour. Unity was difficult. Not only that, but he profited greatly as he dominated on "his own" tour coordinated by his agent.)
I was a bit too young to remember prime Jimmy but I remember well his incredible run at the 1991 US Open. What a show!