The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour is a classic tour player’s racket with a twist. Exquisite feel is combined with swing potential, but it certainly isn’t your conventional tour racket.
At 315g, it follows the modern preference for slightly reduced weight, but unlike many of the other tour style rackets it does not have a big swing weight.
The Srixon Revo has a swing weight of 315g, compared with the Head Prestige which, although also 315g in weight, has a much heavier swing weight of 326.
This is unusual for a tour style racket, which normally gives you some extra weight, whether it’s through the actual weight of the racket, or the swing weight.
Dunlop have instead opted for acceleration. The 9pts HL balance meaning that the weight of the racket is concentrated heavily in the grip.
This encourages very fast and easy swings at the ball, but you may find yourself craving the extra weight in the head when you’re looking to hit through the ball.
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 is geared towards fast swings and big control, the 95 sq. in head means good timing is essential, and if you miss the sweet spot, you’re going to be in deep water very quickly with this racket.
The main highlight of this racket is that when you get it right it sure does feel good.
The sweet spot, while small, feels brilliant and the simple nature of the racket means that you feel extremely connected with the ball.
We all loved the feel and control that the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 gave us, and it was certainly a fun racket to play with.
The Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour is endorsed by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, so it’s had plenty of exposure of the past couple of years, with him making the final of the US Open in 2017 and the final at Wimbledon in 2018.
I find it very hard to believe that Anderson uses a racket with such a low swing weight though, so one would assume he has quite different specs to the factory model that we trialed.
We found, like many others who have tried this racket that it really needed some extra weight in the head, so I would guess that’s what they have done for Anderson.
While the racket has a classic, sleek look which we do like in a racket, the paint job can only be described as not to our tastes. It looks like Dunlop have thrown every color on the spectrum at this racket with no real method behind it.
But hey, that doesn’t stop Kevin Anderson from booming down aces!
The Srixon Rexo 2.0 Tour benefits from Dunlop’s Syncro Charge System which helps to improve the already brilliant feel and adds some extra stability through a special graphite construction.
Given that feel and stability are two of the defining characteristics of this racket, it must do a pretty good job.
The other big technological aspect in this racket is Sonic Core Technology which uses urethane and silicon to increase the time the strings spend in contact with the ball, adding power and spin potential to your shots.
This definitely isn’t a power racket, but it does give you the ability to swing through the shot fully whilst keeping a high level of control and feel.
If you’re someone who loves a lighter style racket, but longs for the control and feel that the heavier rackets give you, then this one could be the one for you.
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
We were interested to take this racket out and see how it played, mainly to see how a ‘tour style’ racket would work out with a light swing weight of 315.
The sleek frame feels very comfortable in your hands, and this, combined with the headlight balance of the racket means you get a lot of acceleration on your strokes.
In theory, this setup should help my backhand out a bit, as I don’t get nearly the same racket head sped as I do on my forehand.
I did notice the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour encouraging me to take big cuts at the ball as it effortlessly cut through the air.
The feeling on contact is beautiful with this racket, and you feel extremely connected to the ball, getting wonderful feedback throughout the shot.
I also felt confident I could use this racket without fear of injury from things like tennis elbow and golfers’ elbow.
The big problems for me came from this racket’s lack of swing weight. There just wasn’t enough weight behind the ball to get the kind of power and flight path that I wanted.
This is something I often complain about on the backhand, and the ideal racket for my backhand is probably something with a lower weight, but higher swing weight so I could never expect the Dunlop to be the answer to all my problems!
On the forehand side, I had similar problems. I like to think I could generate great racket head speed even if I was using a brick, so the headlight balance was a little bit wasted.
Instead, I could have used more weight in the head to really put some power behind the ball.
For all my swinging I wasn’t getting the MPH or RPM that I would normally get from my forehand.
There certainly wasn’t anything wrong with the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 2.0 Tour on the groundstrokes. I loved the feel on the hit and the control, but I just felt it wasn’t set up for me.
I could see this racket being used by an intermediate to advanced player who is looking to increase their racket head speed whilst stepping up to a more pro-style racket.
With the Srixon Revo CV 2.0 you will be encouraged to continually accelerate more into the ball without the worry of losing control. This can be a real advantage for someone looking to work on this area of their game.
After careful consideration, I’ve given the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 2.0 Tour a 7.5 out of 10 for groundstrokes.
It didn’t suit my game at all, but it’s certain to suit someone’s game. If you have the right game then you will really enjoy the silky, smooth feel of this racket, and the unbelievable swing speed that it will give you.
Volleys – 8.5/10
You might have gotten a little bored of me saying this, but on the volleys the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 just lacked a little bit of swing weight.
It has all the other characteristics of a great volleying racket, but the lack of swing weight just takes away that extra bit of pop and stability that makes volleying such a joy.
On the positive side, the excellent swing speed of this racket makes maneuvering during fast-paced volley exchanges very easy, and you won’t be struggling to get into position with this one.
If doubles is your forte, then you will enjoy hitting with this racket.
Despite the lack of weight, the Dunlop has wonderful feel at the net, something we always look for, and I loved picking balls off my feet with this racket.
The great maneuverability of this racket makes it ideal for a player that likes to come to the net, just like its main endorser Kevin Anderson.
We just feel that it could benefit from a little extra weight in the head.
As always, there are plenty of ways you can customize your racket, and you could easily add lead tape at the top of the racket to make this change, but we do warn against doing this without knowing what you are doing, as it can lead to changing everything about the racket.
This is a good volleyer’s racket, and we gave it an 8.5 out of 10 at the net.
Serve – 7/10
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour was once again very comfortable on the serve, and we were able to generate a ton of racket head speed with this beast.
The only problem was the racket head speed didn’t necessarily translate into power.
If you’re going to use this racket you need to be very confident that you can generate a lot of power as you’re not going to get a huge amount of assistance.
If you’re almost 7ft tall like Anderson and hitting bombs is what you do, then the Srixon Revo is well worth looking at.
What it will give you is excellent control and lovely feel on impact, so if you have a 130mph weapon, then this racket will allow you to swing hard at the ball and really pick your spots.
I played with a guy in college who claimed to have a 137mph first serve. The problem was, he had no control over it and when he did get it in, it went straight to the swing zone on my forehand.
Invariably the ball came back to him before he realized what had hit him. Perhaps Colin should invest in the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour!
Again, the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 felt good, but it was pretty under powered. You can generate a great deal of swing speed, but after unleashing it all, there’s not much weight to put through the ball.
If you’ve got power to spare go out and get this racket, but we don’t, and the Dunlop gets a 7 from us on the serve.
Conclusion – 8/10
So, I’m pretty sure you can tell where this one is going!
The feel and control of the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour are wonderful, it’s a lovely racket to play tennis with.
However, we found it a little disappointing that a tour style racket was so lacking in swing weight, and it was missing that extra little bit of pop.
This racket would suit someone who generates a lot of natural power and is looking for a racket that allows them to swing through their shots with speed and accuracy.
It is a racket for all-rounders who are as comfortable at the net as they are from the back of the court.
The Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour is certainly a racket that offers something a little bit different. It’s not your traditional lightweight racket, and it’s not your classic heavy racket.
It takes the swing speed of the light racket and combines it with the control of a heavy racket.
What you get is an interesting product that will suit some, but really not work for others.
I was in that second bracket, but I can see how certain people would absolutely love this racket.
If you’re looking to get a bit more racket head speed into your game whilst maintaining high levels of control, then I would certainly recommend the Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0.
We gave the Dunlop at 8 out of 10, it’s one of those that you’ll love it or hate it! But in the right hands, this would make a wonderful racket.
Review by: Will