Philippines host Syria in Asia/Oceania Zone Group II first round action with the two nations having never previously met each other in Davis Cup competition.
Syria won all five of their matches in Asia/Oceania Zone Group III to win promotion for 2013. They lost just a single rubber in those ties as Iran won the final dead rubber in the play-off stage of the competition.
Philippines narrowly missed out on promotion last year as they made it all the way to the Final thanks to victories over Pacific Oceania and Pakistan. Christopher Rungkat proved their undoing in the Final as he won both his singles and teamed with Elbert Sie to take the doubles in a 3-2 scoreline.