The draw for the world cup of tennis, the Davis Cup tie against Turkey at the Harare Sports Club is set for this Friday while matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday.

The ITF will conduct the draw in the presence of both teams and officials during a function where journalists will have an opportunity to interview team captains or players of their choice.

Preparations for the tie continue at Harare Sports Club with both teams intensifying their drills.

The Zimbabwe team focused on doubles as non-paying captain Gwinyai Tongoona weighed his options against the more fancied and highly ranked Turkish team.

Tongoona, however maintains it is going to be a very competitive tie but feels playing at home will be an advantage for Zimbabwe.

The Turkish team on paper is strong and has a lot of depth having brought singles and doubles specialists for the tie after arriving four days before the encounter to acclimatise.

Cem Ilkel is the highest ranked Turkish player, at 260 on the ITF rankings, a decent doubles ranking at 574.

Anil Yeksel 676 singles, 516 doubles, Ton Altura doubles specialist at 170, Altug Celikbilek, singles 422 and 304 doubles in the world and Sorp Agbijon

Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga is at 502 in singles and 1370 in doubles and Benjamin Lock coming on 463 in singles and 234 doubles rank.

The two carry the country’s hopes of retaining the Euro-Africa Group II status together with up–and-coming youngsters Ayanda Mehluli Sibanda and Mark Chigaazira.