http://uk.reuters.com/article/UK_TENNIS/idUKL096427920070709?pageNumber=1 MOSCOW, July 9 (Reuters) - Russia's tennis chief said on Monday he had been denied a U.S. visa to accompany his team for this week's Fed Cup semi-final against the United States and accused authorities of hampering his team's preparations. "I should be with my team getting ready to face a strong U.S. team," Russia Fed Cup captain and Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev told Reuters. "Instead, I'm sitting here in Moscow unable to do anything." A spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Moscow said Tarpishchev's application was being processed by U.S. authorities in Washington. "We are well aware of his need to travel in the next few days," the spokesperson said. Russia take on the United States on July 14-15 in Vermont. Tarpishchev, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said he had been hoping to fly to the United States from Guatemala, where the IOC held its annual session last week. "It's a two-hour flight from Guatemala to the U.S., so it could have been ideal to go straight to the States," he said. "Instead, I had to spent 12 hours flying back to Moscow and then if I do get a U.S. visa in the next few days I must make the same long trip back to America. "Our players are already in the States but we don't have any coaches there to help them. That's nonsense," he added. "I'm going to inform the International Tennis Federation because this is against any international norms of fair competition." Tarpishchev said his visa problems had been going on for the past decade and that he thought he might be on some sort of black list because he had in the past been accused of having links to the Russian mafia, a charge he denies. "He has applied for a visa ... that application is still pending and under review," U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters in Washington, adding he could not say more because of the confidentiality of visa applications.