Rod Laver is an Australian former tennis player, who is considered by many as one of the greatest players in tennis history. Here are 46 facts. Rod Laver. Born: Aug. 9, Australian tennis player. only player to win Grand Slam twice (,69); Wimbledon champion 4 times; 1st to earn $1 million in. Rod Laver Arena is a multipurpose arena located within Melbourne Park, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The arena is the main venue for the Australian Open, Opened : 11 January.