Zimbabwe’s top seed Benjamin Lock will get the ball rolling in the Davis Cup when he takes Turkish second seed Altug Celikbilek in the singles matches while second seed Takanyi Garanganga will take on top seed Cem Ilkel in the Euro African Group II tie following a draw conducted by the Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation at the Harare Sports Club in the capital.
The draw was overseen by International Tennis Federation (ITF) official Ian Smith of South Africa.
The singles matches will begin at Harare Sports Club at 10am tomorrow.
The doubles matches will kick off on Sunday morning after the opening ceremony with Zimbabwe’s Lock and Garanganga partnering against Turkish doubles specialists Sarp Agabigun and Tuna Altuna followed by the reverse singles.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Kazembe Kazembe said the Davis Cup is one of the prestigious tournaments in the world of tennis and a momentous occasion taking place in a new dispensation that brings renewed enthusiasm and vigour in producing world class athletes.
The Zimbabwe Davis Cup team is made up of Lock, Garanganga, Mark Chigaazira and Mehluli Ayanda Sibanda with former player Gwinyai Tongoona as the non-playing captain.
ITF official Ian Smith said the team captains were allowed to change their teams for the doubles and reverse singles.
Despite the unpredictable weather patterns a great weekend of tennis action is anticipated as both sets of players are familiar with each other having faced other on the ITF Future Tours programmes.