On January 24th, DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating) announced a new $8 million investment influx.
The investment group was headlined by Andre Agassi, who is also a new member of the board. Click here for more details related to the investment.
In addition to the new funding, the organization announced an updated algorithm earlier this week.
The main updates to the DUPR the algorithm include:
- Points Matter. Was this a tight match or a blowout? DUPR now evaluates the closeness of the match, so a score of 11-0 will have a bigger impact on your rating than a close match of 11-9 against that same opponent.
- Recency Matters. A match you played today will impact your rating more than a match you played six months ago.
- Total Match Count Matters. If you've played in a lot of matches, your rating will fluctuate less compared to a player with a lower match count.
- Every Match Matters (even against unrated players). Every match counts towards your rating, even if you are playing against someone who is unrated or new to DUPR.
One of the biggest issues players have had recently with DUPR is that first bullet point - Points Matter.
Prior to this update, you could beat a team 11-0 or 11-9 and the change to your DUPR would be the same. Many players have been calling for this change for months. Check out all of the details of the new algorithm.
But what many don't realize, is that this is actually a reversion, at least partially, to its previous algorithm.
It wasn't long ago that DUPR Founder Steve Kuhn joined PicklePod to discuss the 'new' algorithm, which did away with the impact of point differentials, among other things:
But no more. It seems they decided the previous algorithm updates still weren't the perfect solution to the pickleball rating and all that comes with it, like sandbagging.
While no rating system is perfect, this update definitely seems to be a positive one from DUPR.