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Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 Racquet Review

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Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16x19 Racquet Review

After giving the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 18×20 such positive remarks, it was high time to dive into my Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 Racquet Review. As expected, the slightly more open string pattern does not disappoint. The question is…which one is best?

It was tough to write this Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 racquet review without comparing the two string patterns immediately. The 18×20 version is all about precision and gives you little power and spin for free, but enables you to paint the lines. The 16×19 version gives you a bit more free spin and clearance over the net. The specs of the 18×20 and 16×19 versions of the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour are very similar, but the 16×19 comes with five grams less weight, which is mainly due to the lack of a leather grip. Some people like leather, some don’t. I tend to go back and forth in this respect and tested the racquet both with a leather grip and without.

Before I go into the difference in performance I recommend you (if you have not already done so) to read and watch my review of the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 18×20 here. It is a racquet that impressed me enough for me to switch to it. So I am currently playing tournaments with the tight pattern version of the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 18×20 (Amazon link), but I would have no problem going into a match with the open pattern version instead since they are so similar.

Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 Racquet Review – Unstrung specs

Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16x19 Racquet Review

Headsize: 95 sq in
String pattern: 16×19
Unstrung weight: 310 g
Balance: 31.0 cm
Beam: 20.5 mm
Length: 27″
Stiffness: 64

The specs are, as followers of Tennisnerd know by now, right in my wheelhouse. I like control-oriented racquets and this is definitely a stick where you need to bring your own power. The spin potential is pretty good, but as always with 95 sq inch racquets, it is even more up to the user than with bigger head-size sticks. This racquet is intended for advanced players, who can find the sweet spot consistently.

I do think this racquet needs a little bit of lead tape in the hoop to play more stable and with more plow-through. It is fine to play in stock form, but I wanted a bit higher twist weight personally and ended up adding my usual treatment of 4 grams at 3 and 9 and 2 grams at 12. The addition of a leather grip helped to maintain the balance of the racquet, but since I usually prefer my racquets a bit more heavy in the head, I ended up going back to the synthetic grip. This is a personal thing because I am trying to play with less static weight these days.

I strung it up with Wilson Sensation in the crosses at 25 kg and MSV Focus Hex Soft in the mains at 24 kg. That string combo played nice and soft and held tension well. The CX 200 Tour series really loves a hybrid setup. In the end, my specs landed around 345 grams with a 32 cm balance. Around 340-45 grams strung is perfect for the CX 200 Tour line in my opinion.

Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 Racquet Review – Performance

Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16x19 Racquet Review - Performance

The CX 200 Tour 16×19 gives you a little more launch angle on your shots than the 18×20 brother. That is basically the difference between these two racquets. They are both stable, control-oriented, well-balanced racquets that are excellent weapons for advanced players. The CX 200 Tour line is happiest in the hands of the aggressive baseliner who likes to flatten out shots for a winner. That is why I like them so much, they are almost tailored for my game style.

If you like to hang out on the baseline and hit with heavy spin, I would go with a bigger head size racquet, but for players who love precision instruments, there are not many better options on the current racquet market. Their biggest rivals among the currently available racquets are: Prince Phantom 93P (faster through the air, smaller sweet spot), Wilson Ultra Tour (a bit mushy compared to the CX) and the Prince Textreme Tour 95 (quite close, but less power).

The CX 200 Tour performs great on serves and volleys. It beckons you towards the net and you feel in complete control of your shots at all times. If you are an attacking player, this is simply a must try.

Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 Racquet Review – Who is it for?

The Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour 16×19 is for the advanced players who like to come to the net, but like a bit more help with spin and net clearance than the 18×20 pattern. Otherwise they play pretty much identical. You get more precision with the 18×20 and slightly more spin with the 16×19. Choosing between them is not easy. I could perhaps keep a couple of each in my bag since the 16×19 might help a bit more on clay for example.

All in all, if you like a control-oriented racquet that swings fast through the air, offers some room for customization, but gives you a bit extra help with spin, the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour could be your next racquet of choice. It is definitely worth a test drive. I will likely stay with the 18×20 edition for my match play, but it is pretty much a coin-toss of which one I like best.

Simply another great stick to choose from in the increasing jungle of tennis racquets.

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Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour Racquet Review Video version

What do you think of the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour line of racquets? Which string pattern would you go for? Please comment below! 

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Adrien Hernandez December 20, 2018 - 16:18

Hi i have a head speed touch mp and prince exo3 tour 16-18 i want a new similar racquet thin beam max 23,100-98 headsize,low ra like 63-62. My game style is a 16 years old baseliner player 2hdbh, sw forehand like zverev and normal serve and only go To net for finish the point when is extremely necessary can you give me suggestion?

Ed December 20, 2018 - 16:23

Hi racquetnerd
Do 16-20’s cover both control and power or do we have to settle for one or the other in racquets ?

Tennisnerd December 23, 2018 - 14:43

Hi Ed,
16×20 is my all-time favorite string pattern. Brings the best of both worlds. The 16×19 in the Dunlop is not so open though so it is quite a control-oriented frame.

Cheers / J

Adrien Hernandez December 20, 2018 - 16:26

Hi i have a speed mp touch and prince exo3 tour i want a similar racquet 100-98 headsize,thin beam max 22, similar power-control,low ra max 63. My game style is a 16 years old baseliner player 2hdbh,sw forehand and only go To the net To shake hands jaja. Can you give me suggestion?

Tennisnerd December 23, 2018 - 14:45

I think the new Prince Phantom series will be interesting for you to test! Try the Phantom Pro 100P first. Great racquets.

Cheers / J

Steven Howie December 21, 2018 - 10:02


How does the 16×19 Dunlop compare to yonex 310g vcore pro?


Tennisnerd December 23, 2018 - 14:34

You get a bit more control and less launch angle with the Dunlop. Cheers / J

Alec Wasa January 30, 2019 - 14:03

Good review. Would be nice to read more about the new Dunlpp Srixon racquets. I am especially keen on the Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 (300 gram). Any chance of you reviewing that racquet?

Tennisnerd January 31, 2019 - 09:26

Thanks Alec, will see if I can get my hands on more Dunlop Srixons, but based on what I heard from others, pretty much all the sticks from the new series are high-quality racquets. It is just about finding the racquet that is right for you. The Revo CV 3.0 is from the previous line-up so I think I won’t review that one, but possibly the updated version.

John February 19, 2019 - 11:14

Nice review! Is the sweet spot noticeable smaller for the Dunlop Srixon CX200 Tour compared to Yonex VCORE 95 and Wilson RF97 Autograph?

Tennisnerd February 19, 2019 - 13:33

Thanks. I wouldn’t say it is noticeably smaller than the VCORE 95, but the RF97A has a bigger sweet spot. However, it is quite jarring when you hit outside it.

John February 19, 2019 - 18:23

What is your experience with QC for Dunlop Srixon frames? Have you measured weight and balance for your CX200 frames?

Tennisnerd February 21, 2019 - 21:53

QC was pretty good for my four CX 200 frames. All landed quite close to the listed spec in terms of weight and balance. Sadly, I lack a swing weight machine, but hope to get one soon.

Pedro March 2, 2019 - 07:37

Hello. Can you compare this raquect to the Angell TC95 70ra 16×19, since they have the same specs and you already made a review? I have a tc95 16×19 70 310g/315mm and i love it. I know you said that have a small sweetspot but i dont agree. I think the raquet has quite a punch for a 95 and its super stable, that dont need lead tape. But this Dunlop seems very interesting. What you think?

Tennisnerd March 4, 2019 - 12:21

Hi Pedro,
They do play quite close these racquets! I felt like the CX 200 had a bit more open string pattern. The Angell certainly feels similar in flex rating despite being higher. I think that if you are happy with the Angell, stay with the Angell and avoid the everlasting rabbit hole of more and more racquets 🙂 Cheers / J

Tennisnerd March 13, 2019 - 13:25

If you love that racquet, go for it. The Dunlop is a great one too! Tough choice, really. Two good sticks.

Noah March 6, 2019 - 05:59

Hello. I’m currently using a Yonex Ezone DR 100 and I love it, but it’s simply too powerful for my playstyle, which has become more or less all-court. So I’ve got a question: How does this racket stack up to a Yonex Vcore 95, maybe Wilson Ultra Tour or similar racquets, and which one is the best in stock form? Thanks for responding ?

Noah March 6, 2019 - 06:12

Hello, I am currently using a Yonex Ezone DR 100 and even though I love the stick, it’s just too powerful for me these days since my playstyle has become more or less all-court. My question for you is how does this CX 200 Tour 16×19 stack up compared to a Yonex Vcore 95 or maybe the Vcore Pro 97 as far as Power/Control and maneuverability/stability go, and which of these is best to use in stock form?

Tennisnerd March 13, 2019 - 12:55

Sounds like you are improving your tennis! Nice to hear. I think all three racquets you mention could be a good move for you. They play with more control for sure. I like them with a bit of lead tape in the hoop for more stability, but they do play nice in stock form too.

If you like Yonex sticks, go with the VCORE Pro 97, it is a nice stick also in stock form.

Regards / Jonas

Giogios March 7, 2019 - 08:50

Hi, further details concerning the pros/cons of these 95 categorie would be appreciated from a wide range of tennis players.
Specially the Dunlop / Yonex VCore.

Tennisnerd March 7, 2019 - 13:04

Thanks, that is a good idea. Will create something in soon. Cheers / Jonas

Tom Wheatley June 4, 2019 - 19:17

Hello Jonas, your excellent review has inspired me to buy the 200 16×19. It will arrive in a few days. When you wrote “4 grams at 3 and 9” do you mean 4g at 3 and 4g at 9, for a total of 8g at 3 and 9? FWIW, I will replace the synthetic grip with leather, and probably apply an overgrip as well.

Tennisnerd June 5, 2019 - 09:20

Hi Tom,
Great to hear you went for it and I hope and believe you won’t regret it.

I meant four grams in total, so two grams on each side.

Good luck! Cheers / Jonas

Tom Wheatley June 7, 2019 - 14:38

Hi Jonas – Thank you for the clarification on the weight.

The CX 200 Tour 16×19 arrived last night. I replaced the synthetic grip with a Fairway, applied an overgrip, and weighted per your specs at 3, 9, and 12.

I assumed my transition from playing the Pure Aero (exclusively for the past three years) to a control-oriented racquet would involve a steep learning curve. However, when trying out the Dunlop for the first time at my club’s doubles night, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I can play better with this new racquet than the Babolat! And I will only improve as I get used to the huge differences between the two types of racquets. It was nice to take full swings at the ball without hitting long, and my angled volleys did not go wide.

Thanks again!

Tom W.

Tennisnerd June 9, 2019 - 19:18

Hi Tom,
Great to hear that you like the Srixon Dunlop! Cheers / J

Sam August 28, 2019 - 16:00

Hi Jonas,

Having read great stuff (like your review) on the CX series, and after briefly demoing, I had my first hitting session yesterday with my brand new CX200 (not tour, so the 98sq inch 16×19 frame, 305g). I’m in love!
Just wanted to give the frame a shout-out in the comments, since you didn’t mention it, but I believe it deserves some attention. For all those who are not quite comfortable with a 95sq inch head but still want a control-oriented, classic feeling, plush, maneuverable racket, the CX200 is perfect. Great job Dunlop!!!

Tennisnerd September 2, 2019 - 07:24

Hi Sam,
Nice to hear! I have heard that one is great, but is yet to try it. Too many racquets, too little time…

Regards / J

PS. If you feel like my advice is really useful, please consider becoming a patron for $2 at patreon.com/tennisnerd and get exclusive content every week. DS.

Antoine Delorme October 12, 2020 - 22:38

Hi Jonas,
Have you happened to try the Dunlop NT Tour (16×19)? Thin beam, 58 RA, 97sqin, 315g: seems like a racket that you could like…! Plus it looks real beautiful. Barely any reviews of it on the internet… pourquoi?? I wanted to give it a go!
Thank you for the fantastic website, cheers!

Tennisnerd October 13, 2020 - 08:52

Hi Antoine,
I have not tried that one, but it sounds like a great spec. Give it a go and let me know!

Appreciate the comment. Thanks! / J

chris March 1, 2021 - 08:14

hi jonas, 3 questions. 1) Why did you eventually switch out of the dunlop cx 200 tour? 2) why on this racquet did you place lead tape at 10,2,12 vs just 3,9 (which i thought was your usual placement)? and 3) rather than placing 6 grams at 3 spots, have your tried just placing 3 grams on each side and none at top? Thanks! really enjoying your nerdy details!


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