Dunlop, once a racket of the first choice for a majority of professional players, is doing everything to return at the big stage. Merger with Srixon and combination of their technologies is a step in the right direction. I had a chance to test one of their older but reliable model for advanced players. Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 was my racket for a few practices and games. What were my feelings about it? Read below.
DUNLOP SRIXON REVO CX 2.0
Better than expected power
Hard to use for defensive tennis
Light racket but suitable for aggresive tennis
Great control of the ball
What exactly did I test?
Let’s start with the technical specifications of racket I played with.
Racket: Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0
Weight: 305 grams/10.7 ounces (without strings)
Length: 27 inches/685 millimeters
Head Size: 98 square inches/632 square centimeters
String pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses
Unstrung balance: 315 mm/6 pts HL
Sonic Core Technology – better power, higher elasticity, reduced frame vibration
You can be assured, that this racket will never be unnoticed on the courts. The red frame with just enough yellow and black to gain attention from fellow players in the club. I have to say I liked the Revo CX 2.0 design very much. The color mix was very refreshing compared to the usual conservative designs of other brands. The traditional oval head with black Dunlop sign on yellow base at the bottom is very eye-appealing. I would award 100 points for design to Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0.
Playing with Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tennis Racket
I played mostly with rackets weighing 300 grams and having 100 square inches heads recently. Therefore move to the smaller head of 98 square inches and little bit heavier racket was a challenge. 5 grams more and 2 square inches less seem negligible but in fact, it really makes difference. This difference would require more playing hours to get fully used to it. So remember that any change in equipment will need some time to mirror in better play and results eventually.
Comfort – Feel
As I already mentioned I had a problem to get used to the smaller head of this racket. At the start, Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 seems too stiff to me. I had a lot of mishits or hits with frame. I needed to focus more on every hit to reduce the numbers of errors. The racket was not forgiving lack of concentration. You really need to be into the game all the time, otherwise, you will make a foolish hit with the frame or an unforced mistake.
However, as time progress I get more and more used to the racket. Then I was fully able to make use of the advantages of this racket. This racket is still just 305 grams, so maneuverability is pretty good, the swing is going easy. There is just one thing you need to do. Be in the time for the hit and use the sweet spot. Then Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 rewards you.
Control – Accuracy
There were no issues with the accuracy of the shots. I felt connected with the racket and was able to control the depth and direction of my shots. I felt comfortable at the net. My volleys were controlled enough to enjoy play at the net. In combination with a strong serve, I can imagine using this racket on the grass playing aggressive serve – volley tennis.
Power – Strength
Strength of my hits was the biggest surprise of this test. I did not need any additional effort to kill it. My hits and serve were as powerful and fast as never ever. I did not really expect so much power from the racket weighing 305 grams. I dare to say that even much heavier rackets (320 grams) do not have so much power built inside. The combination of smaller head and weight is ideal for any advanced player who needs to save his arm but does not want to lose power in exchange. Power is really the biggest positive of Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0.
I would recommend this racket to any advanced player who considers the purchase of lighter rackets. At 305 grams you still get a lot of power you were used with heavier rackets. Additionally, you save your arm and elbow. Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 lets you play offensive tennis you were used to. If you check the price, you will see another good reason to own this racket.