Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heather Opens Doors to Olympic Village as British Athletes Settle in; Tennis Star Adjusts to Life with Eight Male Flatmates ... but No Murray

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heather Opens Doors to Olympic Village as British Athletes Settle in; Tennis Star Adjusts to Life with Eight Male Flatmates ... but No Murray

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Byline: David Churchil and Justin Davenport in Rio de Janeiro

HEATHER WATSON today said she is settling into life in her Olympic village dormitory which she shares with eight male Team GB flatmates.

The Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, 24, who endured a tough evening workout before her first tennis match this weekend, said Team GB's apartment tower in the village is beginning to feel more like home.

"We're settling in good although I still need to unpack," she said. "Some of us were on different flights because we couldn't all get on the same flight.

"It's really good, it doesn't feel like home yet, it's different high-density living, so I'm just getting used to it, and I'm sharing a dorm with eight other guys so I've got to get used to that. They're all neat and tidy so far so we'll see, it's just all of us tennis all together.

The Standard was given access to the apartments just west of the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, where athletes can enjoy swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, outdoor terrace with Union Jack deckchairs and widescreen TV, video games, table tennis and pool.

Watson, the former British number one, said: "It's very important to feel somewhere where we're comfortable and happy because it plays a big part in your performance and I am very happy so far."

The Olympian, who moved into the tower on Monday, was joined by fellow tennis players, the women's and men's hockey teams, divers, gymnasts, swimmers and canoeists. Not all competitors have opted to bed down in the village Andy Murray has chosen to stay elsewhere, according to athletes, although there are reports the Wimbledon champion, 29, could move in later. Watson said: "Andy's not staying here, he'll stay outside the village because not all of his team can come in."

Hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh, who won a bronze medal at London 2012, said: "They [Team GB] have done a fantastic job kitting the place out. …

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