The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 boasts a somewhat thorny name. It also owns a busy graphic prominently featuring its newly formed parentage, as well as some of the numerous technologies housed in the frame. Yet there’s an elegance in the racquet’s performance. Loaded with feel, quick handling and easy targeting, the CX 2.0 is reminiscent of the restrained, all-court, control frames of the past, but in a less bulky package.
Recently I answered an email from a reader looking for a frame that doesn’t provide much help—no crazy power, no exaggerated spin, nothing extra. Just a dependable racquet that reflects a player’s game rather than amply any particularly aspect of it. When you hit the ball well the rewards are obvious, and when your form is out of sorts it’s equally apparent. This racquet checks those boxes.
Smooth was the first word that came to mind when playing with CX 2.0. The thin profile and light weight—just over 11 ounces—combined for quick, almost effortless cuts on groundstrokes. The ball pocketed nicely in the sweet spot of the wide 16x19 string bed in the Peak Shifter Frame, which combines several different beam shapes—some areas more rectangular, and in others more aerodynamic—to enhance speed, feel and control. It doesn’t possess raw knockout power, but I felt like I could effectively and consistently move the ball around the court with precision and spin.
And it felt great doing it. A firm stiffness rating and relatively light weight is usually a recipe for some brassiness, especially on hits struck off-center. But I was pleasantly surprised with the frame’s plush response at contact. A highly resilient silicone (dubbed Sonic Core) has been injected into parts of the racquet to increase energy transfer (the dwell time referenced above) and dampen vibration. The frame played really cushy with a full bed of multifilament (Dunlop Silk), but still felt plenty comfortable with a thin gauge polyester (Weiss Cannon Black 5 Edge 18g).
The connected feel and sharp control resulted in fine touch and net play. The quick handling got the racquet face to the ball with time to spare, and the versatility afforded a wide arsenal of volleying tactics. However, while the maneuverability was much appreciated, the lack of weight did hamper torsional stability. Hard-hit passes contacted out of the sweet spot resulted in some twisting and frame flutter. It didn’t feel unpleasant, but the ensuing volley certainly was. There were similar results when stretched on full swings and service returns. Adding weight to the head would probably solve the problem, as well as add a little more thump and finishing power to groundstrokes.
However, I didn’t find it necessary when serving. Maybe it was the frame’s ability to cut through the air, but I was surprised (again) at how much pace and weight I was able to apply to my deliveries. The ball shot through the court and my opponent was constantly struggling to get clean hits on his returns. Kick serves had plenty of life and the good control allowed me to move the ball all around the box. Stepping up to the line was a blast—literally and figuratively.
With its versatility and user-friendly playability, the CX 2.0 should suit a broad range of players and styles. Steady baseliners will embrace its tempered power, control and access to spin; crafty all-courters can take it a step further and make use of its fine touch and precision; heavy hitters can dictate from the back of the court, and may be even more effective with some added weight for better stability and power generation on those big swings. If you like to be comfortably in command of your game, this fussy sounding and looking racquet makes it an uncomplicated endeavor.