Russia’s Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev said he had already been issues a visa by U.S. authorities to attend the Davis Cup final against the United states in Portland, Oregon. Apparently he has learned his lesson when it comes to getting a US visa. and applied early to avoid delays.
Tarpischev had problems obtaining American visa for Olympic competitions in Atlanta and Salt Lake City. He almost missed a crucial Fed Cup semifinal in Vermont. He was able to get a visa only after the intervention of Russian foreign ministry, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the U.S. Olympic Committee, the ITF and the U.S. Tennis Federation.
In an interview with Reuters, Tarpishchev said his visa problems had been going on for the past decade and he thought he might be on a black list by U.S. authorities because he had in the past been accused of having links to the Russian mafia, a charge he denies.