Originally Posted by Cheetah
Yes it was.
You can see in virtually any pro match today where there is much more east west court coverage than in past, top spin angles landing at the service line moving opponents well out of the court. Didn't happen in a jimmy connor / kevin curren match.
as in my previous post, whether this factor is canceled out by the faster footspeed of the players is debatable.
on the other hand, I don't see WTA playing any wider, Sabatini, Martinez, small number of spin players just not too long ago don't even exist today... some even 'strategically' play narrower by blasting down the middle to take away angles and turn the match into a ball striking battle, trying to beat each other with pace, and pace only.