Cruz's first match in charge will be an away clash against last-placed Atletico San Luis on Tuesday. Enditem
Reigning champion Barty said there were two reasons for her decision to skip the clay-court tournament, which is scheduled to take place in Paris from September 27 to October 11.
The 25-year-old equalized with the last kick of the match after Rodinei Almeida brought down Elber Pimentel with a rash challenge.
The second-tier league will take place behind closed doors. In the first session, the 18 teams will be divided into three groups, which will follow the traditional home-away round robin format.
Valladolid look to be solid but unspectacular, but should just have enough to stay up, while surely Celta must improve under coach Oscar Garcia after consecutive campaigns fighting to avoid the drop.
In men's draw, second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrated his 27th birthday by notching a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 second-round victory over India's Sumit Nagal.
Gu is popular in sporting circles of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. In addition to running, he also enjoys cycling and swimming. He has competed in marathons in Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and other cities, and showed up as the oldest pacer at the International Marathon in Yinchuan, capital city of Ningxia. Gu also went to Tennessee in the United States alone to compete in a triathlon.
The team was formed in 2015 by Gao Xiang, vice-principal of the Sports School of Jingyuan county.
Huagun, a popular activity among the elderly people in China, consists of three sticks about 60cm long. When playing Huagun, people use the two sticks in each hand to hit different parts of the third stick to change the trajectory of the stick, so as to achieve the purpose of exercising.
In other matches on Friday, Tijuana secured a 2-1 home win over Monterrey and Santos Laguna drew 1-1 at Juarez. Enditem
"Ensuring a safe return to international table tennis has been our utmost priority ever since the pandemic broke out. I am delighted that, with the fantastic support and hard work carried out by everyone at the ITTF over several months, we have managed to get events back up and running before the end of 2020," said the ITTF President Thomas Weikert.