Japan's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup-winning team will kick off the 2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the area devastated by a tsunami, earthquake and nuclear meltdown eight years ago.
But the Scot, 32, returned to the court after hip resurfacing surgery and beat fellow veteran Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in October.
The clubs immediately below them, Leicester City and champions Manchester City, clash at the Etihad Stadium.
"It's something different but the rules are the rules," said Zidane. "They said we have to leave together so we're leaving together."
"I'm not necessarily chasing a record. I'm just trying to win Grand Slams," she said. "It's definitely frustrating, but for the most part I just am still here. I'm still doing what I can do."
Only six clubs have won the English Premier League since its inception in the 1992-93 season: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
Teenager Bianca Andreescu of Canada soared even more dramatically, from 178th to fifth in the world, beating Serena Williams in the final of the US Open to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
"We know we are facing a very good team, we know the player they have in Messi, but we also have our weapons," Zidane said.
"SACA will not participate in this committee until the existing restructure decision is formally withdrawn."
Gauff went on to make the US Open third round before winning a maiden title in Linz in the autumn having lost in qualifying.
"They are the champions, they have all the assets to be called the best team in Europe. We will have to use all our hard work and our experience.
The 21-year-old concluded his 2019 season with a bang, lifting the ATP Finals crown in London on his debut in the tournament to end his year at No.6 in the world.
Both teams have found form in recent weeks, in part due to the excellent form of their strikers. Madrid's Karim Benzema has nine goals in his last eight games while Lionel Messi has scored 14 in 12.
Dwight Howard had 20 points on 10-of-10 shooting for the Lakers.
He occasionally pops back to England to watch matches and stays up into the early hours to see United games on television in China.
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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who are trying to win a first Champions League crown, will meet record 13-time European champions Real Madrid for a place in the quarterfinals.
"We were very much encouraged by your victory, and we are grateful that you are the first runners," said Mikio Date, a member of Japanese comedy duo Sandwich Man who announced the runners.
Dong was loaned to Royal Antwerp for a prolonged spell soon after arriving at United and gave a glimpse of his potential with 30 goals in 53 matches.
The side who won the European Cup twice in a row under Brian Clough impressed with a fourth-place Christmas finish in 1994-95, but they have been some distance from the top of the tree ever since. Now the club finds themselves in the middle of the Championship where they have been for much of the last decade.
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