I tried to do my best, because I also thought it's worth reading, I hope I didn't make too many errors
"Recht van Antwoord Lei Clijsters" (some sort of open letter to a newpaper)
With astonishment, I took note of your article published on september,10 2003, page 1, titled: "Open War between Clijsters and Henin".
I deny formally to have said those things quoted in the article about J. Henin (nor have I 'tipped off' any newspaper editorial offices) in relation to alleged doping. Just as little as I have ever insinuated on these matters, which makes that the article mistakenly reports that " one is trying to finish the other by doping insinuations"
In the insinuations you are quoting from "het laatste nieuws" en "het nieuwsblad" I have never stated anything about doping by Justine.
Justine and Kim have a good relationship and I regret the fact the press is often trying to steer towards the opposite.
Reaction of the sports editor:
The publication of this "recht van antwoord" is the legal right of Mr. Clijsters, but doesn't imply the coverage in 'de Morgen' (=newspaper) is false.
The facts. Yesterday, You furiously called undersigned with the announcement that You never told me nor any other journalist that Henin could possibly have been taking doping.
Allow me to remind you our telephone call from Monday, august, 25.
You informed us on the fact that "de morgen" wouldn't get any interviews from Kim nor her entourage in the future, because You were angry due to a column (published in 'de Morgen'). You added: "That there are rumours Henin was caught for doping during the French Open, but that this was 'swept under the table', we don't read anything about that, now, do we?
Yesterday you denied the fact you ever said such thing. "I only said that I heard that Els Callens had heard that Justine was caught for doping during Roland Garros". I don't recall the name 'Callens' was ever mentioned in our telephone call. But at the end of the day, the difference doesn't really matter: The point is we (de morgen) are talking about who was the first to spread those rumours to the press. Apparently, it was not You then, but Els Callens.
A rumour this paper didn't report about because of lack of evidence. Apparently You thought it would... A few days later, the first insinuations were published in other papers. First insinuations done by Yourself (all be it subtly, that’s why ‘de Morgen’ quoted you literally), afterwards Filip Dewulf and –oh yes- Els Callens’ coach, both of them already a bit more specific.
The reaction of Henin’s coach, C. Rodriguéz, says it all. “It’s always the same person who’s at the source of these kind of stories” Everyone knows he’s not talking about Els Callens.
Peter Goris, editorial manager
‘de Morgen Sport’