AT HOBSON PERFORMANCE TENNIS ACADEMY WE ARE COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING GREAT PLAYERS, AND GOOD PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT THE RIGHT HEART AND MIND CHAMPIONS CAN NEVER BE MADE.

Character strengths are paramount in today’s society of information overload. We use the vehicle of demanding tennis training and competition to enhance and develop players character traits of resilience, integrity, self control, passion, goals, delayed gratification, commitment, responsibility, motivation, discipline self reliance, courage and self confidence. No matter how far you go as a player, if you use tennis to strengthen character, tennis will always be a priceless gift.

Players train in small groups with strong one-on-one attention. All coaches go through a HPT coach education process. Training is supplemented with state-of-the-art equipment, training on clay and hard, focus on “overload” training, use of video analysis and video comparison with the pros in technique and strategy, and very fit, strong players.

Hobson Tennis Coaches

Ashley Hobson

Academy Director


Thirty years of coaching and playing experience includes coaching at the Van Der Meer Academy, as a country National coach, coaching Davis Cup and Federation Cup, on the ATP, WTA, and ITF International Junior tours in over 60 countries. Coached two top twenty WTA players and as a National coach, coaching and captaining teams competing in Davis Cup, Federation Cup, World Youth Cup, World Junior Tennis, Asian Games, and the All China Games. Has conducted coach seminars in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA. College educated as a lawyer completing BA and LLB degrees. Fluent in 3 languages. Competes in Ironman triathlons. Associations include PTR, NSCA and completed the USTA High Performance Coaching Program.
“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the field and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” – Coach John Doe

Morne Hobson

Veteran Coach


Morne is a veteran coach with 30 years of playing and coaching experience at a high level around the world. His coaching achievements include mentoring and coaching many junior players who have achieved many successes at national, college, and professional levels. His playing achievements include junior, adult and college titles while in South Africa as well as national and international titles at ITF and ATP levels.

Morne was also a high-level distance runner with a best mile time of 4.05 minutes. He has competed in the world cross country championships as well as numerous multi day kayaking, Ironman triathlon and ultra marathon events placing in the top 1% of competitors. He is a college graduate with a B.A. degree (in human movement studies and exercise physiology) as well as an MBA degree.

Morne has been the Director of Tennis at Hobson Performance Tennis (HPT) in Lexington, South Carolina, a performance based tennis academy, with many sectional, National and college bound players.

Consulting Members

HPTA has many outside coaches come in to help with player specifics and explain the process of player development.

Some of these coaches have been:

  • Dr. Bryce Young
  • Chuck Kriese
  • Pat Etchenberry