Playing with the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour is like a trip down memory lane. With its small face, leather grip, razor-thin beam, soft flex, buttery response, and precise targeting, the racquet has the hallmarks of an old-school player’s frame. But it’s lighter than the classics of the genre, with a low swingweight that fosters the blazing swing speeds needed for the modern game. It’s a delicate balance that’s successful in many respects, yet challenging in others. Certain types of players will be up for the demands, but it won’t suit everyone. To paraphrase one of cinema's most memorable renegade cops, also from a bygone era: if you're interested in testing out the CX 2.0 Tour, you've got to know your limitations.
The physical attributes of the frame and supreme head light balance made for ultra-quick swings. It’s about as fast through the hitting zone as any player’s racquet I’ve tested in recent memory. And the acceleration helped compensate for the 18x20 string pattern not being overly inviting to spin. In fact, it was so speedy, I initially struggled with my timing, especially on my more aggressive forehand. And with the smallish sweet spot, this led to inconsistent contact and missed targets. However, once I got more accustomed to the light weight and whippy balance, results improved, and I could exploit the frame’s pinpoint control.
It was actually one of the few racquets I’ve encountered that gelled first with my two-handed backhand. Being a shorter, more controlled and linear stroke I was able to take advantage of the dense string pattern and drive the ball consistently through the court. One-handed slices were also effective and precise. But I still had to be in position and on-time to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
With most of the modern, more powerful frames, I find imperfect or tardy contact on full swings leads to fliers past the baseline. With the CX 2.0 Tour, I rarely missed long. When I was late to contact, off-center, or just lazy, the resulting shot simply didn’t have much on it. I was generally at my opponent’s mercy, but I was still in the point. Big hitters will appreciate the reprieve, but others may crave more margin for error.
Like several other “Tour” models recently released—Wilson Ultra Tour, Volkl V-Sense 10 Tour—the CX 2.0 Tour plays light and can feel underpowered at times. Busting open a point with a heavy ground stroke or putting away a short ball requires more effort than other frames. I honestly didn’t think I could ever overhit the ball. I also encountered some stability issues when trying to turn around incoming pace. It seems these more modern Tours are made with the intention of allowing players the option of keeping them feathery and whippy for maximum maneuverability and racquet head speed, or adding some weight to the hoop to increase plow through and stability.
I would opt for the latter and sacrifice a degree of handling for more pop. In stock form, I was impressed at the amount of pace I did get on serve—and the placement was practically radar-guided—but I’d still want a little extra thump; especially since I couldn’t get as much action on kicks as I normally enjoy.
It would also benefit net play. The handling, control and wonderful, connected feel from the soft flex combined for superb volleying—drop volleys, sharp angles, shoelace stabs, the racquet owns the full complement. Net rushers and doubles specialists could do a lot of damage with this tool. But there were times when I wanted more stick on a chest-high put-away, or a firmer backbone when redirecting a sizzling passing shot.
So those players who have grown accustomed to a 98 or 100 square-inch head may feel squeezed out of the sweet spot and not welcomed enough by the CX 2.0 Tour to make the transition. However, players already using an exacting, compact head size will probably have no issues with the demanding nature of the frame. When everything is aligned, the sublime feel and total command make it a surgical weapon, capable of picking opponents apart with ruthless precision. It will also appeal to discerning, high-level players who like to adjust the specs of their frames. Indeed, a limited audience, but not everybody needs their racquet to be a .357 magnum.