Expert Review: Dunlop CX 200 Tour Racquet · Unstrung

Published on 12/05/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the tennis racquet, which I tested for 7 days in November of 2022.
Russell Christensen, Tennis Expert
By Tennis Expert Russell Christensen

All photos courtesy of Russell Christensen

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the tennis racquet, which I tested for 7 days in November of 2022.

My take

The Dunlop CX 200 Tour Racquet provides great spin to my shots, but I feel that I still have really good control with the ball. Rarely do I see that in a racquet. It’s definitely a baseline player's dream racquet.

About the racquet I tested

  • Model: 2022 Dunlop CX 200 Tour 16x19
  • Grip Size: 4 ⅜ in / #3
  • String and Tension: Wilson Sensation, 55lbs
  • Head size: 95 sq in
  • Racquet Length: 27in
  • Any Customizations: None

About me

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 210lbs
  • Previous Racquet Played With: Babolat Pure Aero
  • Experience: 23 years of playing tennis
  • NTRP/UTA Rating: 5.0 / 9.0

Test conditions

  • When I tested these: November 2022
  • Days tested: 7 days
  • Court Surfaces: Indoor and outdoor hard courts
  • Match Play/Practice Session/Both: Practice Session
  • Where I’ve used it: University of Utah indoor tennis facility

How it performs

Ground Stroke
5/5
Stability
5/5
Control
4/5
Feel
4/5
Power
4/5
Serve
4/5
Maneuverability
3/5
Volley
3/5

What I was looking for

I used to use an older version of this racquet (the M-fil 300) for a couple of years. I wanted to see how much has changed.

Why I chose to test this gear

I have always been a big fan of Dunlop racquets. I used to play with the older version and they play really well. I want to be able to provide alternative options for future prospects.

What I love about it

  • Control & Stability: With the wider string bed of 16x19 string pattern and the thinner beam, I am able to provide excellent racquet speed and spin, which provides me with excellent control on the ball. The racquet came with power grid string technology, which helps provide excellent string spacing and then in return gave awesome spin.
  • Power: With the weight being at 11.5oz, I felt like I could get enough of a heavy ball behind the weight of the racquet but not too heavy where I couldn't produce enough racquet speed. A very happy medium when it came to providing a heavy, powerful ball on my shot.
  • Feel: This racquet came with the flex booster technology, which is a thin rubber material in the shaft of the racquet. It really helps absorb the vibration, which makes it feel very arm friendly.
  • Versatility: It’s made for anyone who likes to hit big groundstrokes and big serves. I was loving it on both of those things
  • Ground Strokes: It feels very effortless when hitting groundstrokes. Despite having a multifilament like the Wilson Sensation string, the racquet still produces good spin. It’s a really well-balanced racquet when giving a nice swing.
  • Serves: Similar to the ground strokes, the racquet produces good power. It feels great on the flat serves and slices, but when it comes to getting the kick serve, I had a tough time getting the angle I wanted. That may be partly due to the string as well.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Maneuverability & Volley: The big issue with this racquet is that I have a tough time reacting to faster-paced balls—anytime I am at the net or someone has a really flat shot, I tend to mishit the ball because my timing is late. I cannot move my racquet fast enough to get it set up.

Favorite moment with this gear

What stands out to me is any time I played with shots that came back slow to me. When I was on the offense, I felt like I could put away the points quicker and pin point my shots better.

Value for the money vs. other options

This racquet plays very similar to the Head Radical Pro, the Yonex Vcore 98, and the Yonex Vcore Pro 97. Though the Head Radical Pro comes at the lowest price. I would recommend this Dunlop second if it came down to price.

Final verdict

When I played on the offense, this racquet was my best friend. The biggest struggle I had was when I was on the defense. I'll be able to hit big serves and big ground strokes. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to dictate from the baseline and likes to win quick points.

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